Published: Wed, July 02, 2014
In the wake of a recent hazing-related death, a Catholic bishop urged students not to sign up for fraternities and sororities, especially those with dangerous physical initiations.
"We are appealing to students, who are planning to join such groups, not to go through with it as they might become the next victim of hazing," said Bishop Roberto Mallari, former vice chairman of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Youth.
Mallari, who also heads the diocese of San Jose in Nueva Ecija, also called on fraternities and sororities to stop the practice of physical torture for neophytes.
"Why do you need to subject them to such tests? What is your purpose for doing that? What do they really want? Maybe they should review what their group's mission and vision is," Mallari said.
On Saturday night (June 28), a sophomore student, Guillo Cesar Servando of De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde (CSB) in Manila died after allegedly undergoing initiation rites of Tau Gamma Phi fraternity in Manila.
Aside from Servando, three other students of CSB were also injured from the alleged initiation rites.
In 2012, a freshman law student of San Beda College, Mark Andrei Marcos, was also killed in Dasmarinas, Cavite, reportedly after running the gauntlet of Lex Leonum Fraternitas. - Solar News Online