UP dean, council rage against frat violence

Complaint filed against campus brawlers


“We have had enough.”

Up against one of the most enduring “traditions” on campuses across the country, a college dean and a group of students at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, are demanding sanctions against members of two fraternities who figured in a rumble recently.

The UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy—represented by dean Michael Tan and student council chair Carlo Brolagda—filed an administrative complaint against the Alpha Phi Beta and Alpha Sigma fraternities following a brawl on the latter’s turf or tambayan last week.

The complaint was filed in the Student Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) on Wednesday, citing the two groups for violating UP’s Revised Rules and Regulations Governing Fraternities, Sororities, and Student Organizations, an offense punishable by expulsion.

The complainants also wrote to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, calling for the preventive suspension of the fraternities’ leaders. And while the case is considered an internal matter for the UP community, Brolagda issued a statement to the media to condemn the incident.

“We filed a case against them because we want someone to be accountable. We have had enough,” Brolagda said in an Inquirer interview.

Tan (who is also an Inquirer columnist) and the CSSP Student Council cited the violent confrontation between the two groups at Alpha Sigma’s known tambayan at Palma Hall, the CSSP’s home building.

Seven Alpha Phi Beta members allegedly walked into the area to confront some Alpha Sigma members, an encounter that led to a fight that resulted in injuries on both sides and was witnessed by several other students.

Brolagda said the SDT is expected to conduct a preliminary inquiry in January next year, after the holiday break. This could be followed by hearings wherein the Diliman Legal Office will serve as the prosecutor.

“The safety of students is of paramount concern for the student council. During the incident, many students feared that they might be caught in the rumble,” Brolagda said.

He said the CSSP Student Council remained firm in its position against fraternity violence, whether in the form of street brawls or hazing rites.

“It is high time that we end the culture of impunity among fraternities in our university. This is merely the first step towards ensuring that violent fraternities do not go unpunished. In future incidents, we will be more than willing to file cases,” he stressed.

He noted that fraternity hazing, for example, claimed the life of UP student Cris Mendez in 2006.

University Student Council chair Heart Diño said student leaders who are members of the two fraternities must be held accountable.

“It is ironic that fratmen-student leaders claim to promote student welfare and yet condone their own fraternities’ acts of barbarism and violence. The student body cannot and will not let this pass,” Diño said.

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  • Loggnat

    It’s about time that the student fraternities redefine their reason for existence and seriously reassess their code of conduct, their propensity to condone and protect criminal behavior of their members. Their competitive drive with other fraternities should be focused on friendly and productive academic and/or sports competition instead of barbaric and criminal actions such as violent and sometimes deadly brawl and hazing. Enough is enough and the academic institutions, its faculty organizations and student councils should demand concise and effective actions from the authorities in charge to change this inimical and criminal culture in the fraternity organizations.

  • allandel

    enough is enough and these students have no place in the university. they must be kicked out pronto. i don’t think of any reason why someone would like to hurt another in a civilized society. the school does not need you and the students will definitely not miss you. i hope this case bears fruit – so we can say goodbye to violence in campus. if only summary dismissal could be applied.

  • pedronimo

    RATERNITIES- no place in the academe.

  • AzkalGilasFan

    Fratmen who resort to violence should really get expelled. This is a good move from UP.

  • kilabot

    can’t stop it as long as perversion exists in up. 

  • wehd1nga

    utut mu puro kayo daldal, sino ba sa inyo hindi memeber ng frat,

  • Abdel Hadi Mohammad Isa

    I would like to see how far such actions be implemented. To file a case is simple enough and should not be celebrated yet as it is the fault of the authorities that they have not taken such actions in the first place but have always been adamant in their statements that they would “do their best” to deal out justice.

    Th real solution of course is to simply increase security in the area. More security guards mean less violence. But being an issue of money, these officials will just watergun the problem with reprimands and threats of expulsion.

    Being a fratman studying in the University of the Philippines Manila, I can attest that fraternity violence is almost non-existent in the campus due to roving guards and CCTV.And in a sense I am grateful as we are able to channel our energies instead in implementing projects with the rivalries transforming into competition of who can be the more “significant” body. This has resulted in a steady stream of sociocivic projects and substantial donations to the University and to the community.

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