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San Beda expels 27 fratmen in hazing

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Marc Andre Marcos. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARCOS FAMILY

San Beda College (SBC) has expelled 27 members of Lex Leonum Fraternitas in connection with the death caused by hazing of freshman law student Marc Andre Marcos on a farm in Dasmariñas City, Cavite province.

Marcos, 21, a native of Ramos, Tarlac province, succumbed to severe injuries while being treated at De La Salle University Medical Center on July 30, a day after the fraternity rites.

SBC’s seven-member committee on student conduct also suspended three other fraternity members and five neophytes.

Another student, Jade Ashley Manguera, was cleared for lack of evidence.

Expelled were Erich Justine Alano, Julius Arsenio Alcancia, Mohammad Fyzee Alim, Chino Daniel Amante, Daniel Baltazar, Rem Cabangon, Manuel Adrian Cabansag, Dexter Circa, Aldrian Robert David, Aardan Mikhail Kutch dela Cruz, Jason Esguerra, Bjone Carlo Favorito, Ralph Juico, Levy John Lalusis, Cornelio Marcelo, Michael Jethro Opelanio, Kenneth Rafols, John Cromwell Recto, Lorenzo Marvin Reyes, John Ray Rivera, Reynaldo Anthony Marc Rodriguez, Richard Rosales, Vyron Samson, Emmanuel Jefferson Santiago, Idony Tan, Jenno Antonio Villanueva and Aloysius Yebra.

On Aug. 22, police in Cavite filed murder charges against 37 people, including Angelito Veluz and his wife Violeta, who own the farm in Dasmariñas. Also charged was the couple’s son Gian Angelo Veluz, a fraternity member.

It was not immediately ascertained if those expelled were among those charged.

In a 13-page ruling dated Oct. 23, the committee said that Marcos’ “untimely demise is absolutely a loss to San Beda College of Law and to the whole legal profession as well.”

“The committee will ensure, however, that his death will not be meaningless, but instead will serve as a symbol of hope and an inspiration to become better Christian lawyers,” said the ruling, a copy of which was obtained by the Inquirer yesterday.

“Marc Andre Marcos will always be remembered as long as love reigns in our hearts.”

David Anthony Aranas, Rom-Raison Go and Eryl Royce Nagtalon, who renounced their membership in the fraternity, were suspended for 21 school days and ordered to render 72 hours of community service.

The committee said the three had “shown remorse and have manifested a strong desire to rectify their misdeed of joining an unrecognized organization which is prohibited under the code of conduct.”

“Undeniably, Lex Leonum employs physical violence during its initiation rites,” it said, pointing out that this is prohibited under the school’s code of conduct. “San Beda College has no choice but to impose the maximum administrative sanction when the moral depravity of the student concerned is so grave as to be beyond redemption,” it added.

Five neophytes who testified during the hearings on Sept. 19, 21, 26 and Oct. 14 that they underwent initiation were suspended for seven school days and ordered to render 36 hours of community service.  Reynaldo Dalisay Jr., Ephraim Daniel Lara, Enrico Lopez, Christopher Ryan Maranan and Jan Marcel Ragaza said they were made to believe that Lex Leonum’s initiation process was “solemn and reasonable.”


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Tags: Crime , hazing , Lex Leonum Fraternitas , Marc Andre Marcos , San Beda College


  • pedronimo

    San Beda’s decision to expel these knaves deserves praise; however, the police should take over from where the school left off. These criminals should now go behind bars,

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWH5SD6XPM3XKND6PJQQ32ZRAU Mabuhay

    very good pero bakit hindi kasali si veluz sa na expelled? 

  • http://twitter.com/Negastarr NegaStarr

    Congratulations…. To nearby law schools! May bago kayong enrollees! 27 sila!

  • Adrian Espiritu

    Expulsion is jst the first stage. San beda shud c to it that charges r filed in court and have these people prosecuted. Justice for ANDRE!

  • RiverHorse

    there is hope for san beda after all… now, if they would do the same to their basketball team na nandaraya since 2006, that will be the clincher!

  • Mamang Pulis

    expelled sa beda??–wag kayong mag alala–bukas ang Arellano sa inyo–gusto nyo sa UM pa.

  • eirons1043

    Pag hindi po nakulong ang mga na-expelled sa San Beda, sa ibang iskwelahan naman maghahasik ng lagim ang grupong iyan. Dapat gawin silang sampol para hindi pamarisan. Just imagine if these guys became lawyers then judges … diyos ko po.

    • Mamang Pulis

      paano makukulong ang ‘menor de edad’??

      sabihin mo ng 22 -24 anyos ang master nila—tapos isip bata—o di ba–menor de edad pa rin…dapat yan sa DSWD….sabay umaapaw ang pera ni erpats, malakas pa sa ka brod nya…

      **seriously–I agree with you

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6NVJE4NYLGDSCO6KQ4GWP35SVM Macario

    Sa Abra Valley College kayo mag-enroll…ay pinsara na pala ng CHED ang law school nila sayang….may pag-asa pa rin, dun sa may Pasay merong law school dun kilalang kilala yun…bayad ka lang tuition fee kahit di ka pumasok…ayos na…

  • tukmoldinako

    maganda ang desisyon ng San Beda College na i expell ang mga sangkot at miyembro ng frat na ito at maging aral sana sa lahat ng estudyante, sana ilathala yan sa lahat ng eskwelahan taon taon sa pasukan ng di na pamarisan

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Just asking why the accused Veluz is not included in the expulsion??
    Mayroon na rin bang na expelled sa naunang fatal hazing (Reglos)???
    Again just asking????

    • allandel

      i’m thinking the same thing. didn’t see the younger veluz’s name sa mga expelled.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NIPR2MWOPGWUNZ4COTAMW7MLKE Mark

      bakit kailangan pa sya sa list eh wanted na nga sya ng mga pulis… you bet itatago yan ng mga ka brod nya… 1996 pa pala itong Anti Hazing Law eh after na ginawang batas yan eh may 20 na ang namatay. Kaya itong mga future lawyers na ito eh mga future lawbreakers at 1000% sure ako sila ang pasimuno ng mga corruption either sa Judiciary or sa Govt…bakit kamo eh magaling mag palusot

  • airmango

    frat na ang mga tinanggal… ibabalik din naman cla ng mga brod nila one way or the other…

  • http://www.facebook.com/khaber2 Kevin Haber

    pareho pa rin ba ang definition ng kick out sa expulsion? Kung tama ang pagkakatanda ko, sa expulsion, banned ka na forever from any college? Please correct kung mali

  • arthur1410

    Our future problems from lawyers who are either coronas, topacios, lozanos, incompetent, idiot, and corrupt are 27 less unless other law schools that produce the above personae-non-grata will bend their rules to accommodate them. 

    As everyone knows some schools, like UST, bent their rules depending on the color (of money? or of favor? ) just like the PhD degree it bestowed in a silver  platter on corona, even without sweat and with so much fanfare.

    Well, that’s why they are lawyers.

    • xrisp

      We must always be hopeful for erring persons to change. God’s grace is overflowing. But for now, they should have the courage to face the penalty for their wrongdoing.

    • Timothy Te-Co

      sana tinagalog mo na lang, nagkasabong sabong sinabi mo e.  Lam mo ba kung kelan ginagamit ang personae-non-grata…errrrr….personae non gratae or persona non grata (you had it mixed up)? Nagtanong ka na ba kung gano karami ang natulungan ng mga PAO na mapalaya ang mga taong walang sala? Lawyers din sila. Yung comment mo sa taas sweeping sa lahat ng lawyers. Nakakabobo basahin comment mo Turing.

      • arthur1410

        I know png. I used that word to emphasize my point. I could even use ET or James Bond or whatever. That’s figure of speech my friend.
        Heehehe, lawyer ka ano? Sweeping? Just look at topacio, or Lozano and see why so many people hated the lawyers. Even Shakespeare wanted lawyers to be the first to be killed more than 300 years ago? 
        you’re correct. not all lawyers are bad. mas maraming matino. unfortunately, just like cops, not all are kotong cops, and the entire org is damaged severely.     

      • bugoybanggers

        Correct! Agree! Approved to the MAX!

      • bugoybanggers

        Mas maraming tinulungang KRIMINAL ang mga ABOGADO kaysa sa mga api! Mag isip ka ng tama ABOGAGO. Ang hirap sa inyo kahit ba naman dito gumagawa na naman kayo ng PALUSOT? Yeaks, kadiri!

      • Timothy Te-Co

        Really? tsk, tsk, tsk….masyado kang nagpapanood ng teleserye saka pelikula ni Fernando Poe…bagay sayo pangalan mo….masyadong na banggers ang  ulo mo.

      • bugoybanggers

        Palusot ka naman ABOGADO, wala naman talaga kayong naitulong sa BANSA. Gaga-gawa kayo ng BATAS kayo din naman ang lalabag! ATTY. Tumahimik ka na, may nakamanman sa iyo para singilin ang pinag gagawa mong kalukuhan sa BAYAN. Sentensyado ka na!

      • Timothy Te-Co

        Bobo ka talaga…ano namang katangahan ang pumasok sa dugo mo at nasabi mong abogado ako? Palusot? Myopic Brain….sisingilin ng Bayan? for what? Mainam pa sayo kindergarten…tantanan mo na kapapanood ng tagalog na pelikula, isinasabuhay mo kasi.

      • bugoybanggers

        Syempre, 90% kami sa kabuuhan sa bansa. Bakit kayo taga SAN BEDA mayaman nga? Ano, wala kayong naitulong puro lang kayo paMALL MALL. Astang abogado ka nga, maraming palusot! Tama, kaya naging bansa ng PALUSOT ang PILIPINAS dahil marami kayo! Wag kayong mag malinis, mabaho pa kayo sa KANAL ng TABING MENDIOLA.

      • Timothy Te-Co

        San Beda?! Yun lang ba ang may law school dito na pede para sa mga maralitang tulad ko? Aminin mo na kasi, yung inglis nung pinagtatanggol mo e nagkawindangwindang..unimo ka at kumain ng iodized salt para tumalino ka ha.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

    This is good enough. Small step towards a giant leap.
    San Beda College has done rightfully about expelling the students. It was painful to see a son die violently for the Marcos family. But, it happened to send strong signals to stop violence in fraternity initiation rites. The school responded by handing down justice for Marc Andre.

    Other fraternities are thus forewarned. The culture of death among fraternities that practices torture will continue unless school authorities act decisively and quickly to cases of violence on their students. I do not think that fraternities will disappear in our country because of the mystique of “exclusivity of membership” that attracts gullible students to their fold. 

    I just hope and pray that fraternities give up their time-honored tradition of exacting harm on neophytes all for the sake of making them “strong-willed and loyal”. Violence begets violence. Peace begets peace.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

    buti nga…di na kasi natuto ang iba.

  • bugoybanggers

    Itigil na ang kursong Abogasya sa Pilipinas. Alam ng lahat na itong mga ABOGADO ang lalong sumisira sa katinuan ng mga PILIPINO para pamunuan ng TAMA ang PILIPINAS. Marami o halos lahat ng ABOGADO ay nagiging ABOGAGO. Mga paratang sa PALUSOT, EXCUSES, mga JUSTICE kuno! Mahiya at manahimik na kayo! Epekto pa sa mga FRAT! ITIGIL na ang kursong ABOGASYA sa BANSA!

  • Batz61

    Wish ko sana, itong mga na-expel na ito, ay talagang PERMANENTLY EXPELLED and not to be admitted/accepted into any other higher educational institution in the Philippines. Eh usually, mga mayayaman ang mga ito and they might find their way to other schools where money talks and they can pay. Pati sa abroad, pag humingi ng reference ang schools, mark their transcripts with a DEROGATORY record/comment related to their violent acts. Ma-leksyon na sana kayong mga walang puso, walang kaluluwa, abusado, at mga mala-impiyernong tao.

    • magiting78

      Epelled lng cla sa SBC they were not block listed…they should be block listed and there educational records must be purge out so that they can no longer inter to any institution. Mag tanim n lng sila kamote…

      • http://twitter.com/luluzenki lulu zenki

        they were not even expelled. these students are still enrolled in san beda. san beda released a false statement.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/Q63DUTCNJJKCYNURT4A4C6QZJM marco

    magaling ang pagkilos ..mabagal pero kaht paano may nagawa sila. sana maging aral ito sa lahat…..

    • bugoybanggers

      Mabagal nga ang SAN BEDA kasi nasasayangan sila sa TUTION FEE na mawawala sa kanila. Hindi biro ang 80T PHP sa isang SEM ang mawala at masakit pa 27 pa sila. Magkano din ang mawawala ngayon? SAYANG! Pera pera na lang talaga ang iisipin.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IAQLUSKZ7TH4C2FHOD7SLQONQ4 bong

    Long overdue.   I’m still happy with the action by San Beda.

  • $26606290

    They all took part in an illegal actvity, hazing, including the victims. Future legal professionals committing an illegal act this early in their careers….hmmm.

    The schools should Investigate all law fraternity members currently in law schools especially those who joined fraternities after the anti-hazing law became effective. Ascertain if they too should be expelled or be advised to seek other professions. Ubos yan.

    Kailangan pa bang may mamatay para may ma expel?

  • TEAM PNOY

    San beda college is correct. Thank you.

  • joshua kings

    san beda college, i salute you for this decision to expel those who violated your code of conduct which resuted to the death of a promising student…now you are showing the world that yours is truly not just a catholic  but a Christian school…
    this should set an example for other schools (especially those exclusive schools run by catholic religious.) to follow and emulate instead of coddling the recalcitrants.

  • Komen To

    A student without a fraternity is called barbarian in schools. Now tell me frat men, who are the real barbarians in this case? Considering they not only kill their future brothers, frat men also do riots against other frat men in school. For your info, we are now in Facebook, Twitter advance age, not the age of the barbarians

  • http://twitter.com/luluzenki lulu zenki

    they were not even expelled. these students are still enrolled in san beda. san beda released a false statement.

  • cleoan

    San Beda knows about this practice by these fraternities. They turned a blind eye as long as there’s no complaint. With what happened to Marc and with the reaction of the people, SBC has to do something. Btw, what has been done to the faculty advisers of Lex? Just like any school organization, a fraternity has to have faculty adviser(s).  

    Nevertheless, something has to be done to this erring students.

  • gyvv

    murder charge… anong trabaho pa makukuha nyan? … paddler sa palaisdaan?



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