What Went Before: Previous hazing victims
The Anti-Hazing Law of 1995 prohibits physical violence during initiation rites of fraternities and similar organizations and penalizes with life imprisonment activities that result in “death, rape, sodomy or mutilation.”
Despite the tough law, hazing continues to claim the lives of hapless neophytes.
On Feruary 19, Marvin Reglos, 25, a law freshman at San Beda College, succumbed to injuries allegedly sustained during hazing rites of Lambda Rho Beta in an Antipolo City resort.
Two students linked to the fraternity—Bodjie Bobby Yap and Eric Castillo—were later arrested and detained. Police also charged fraternity leader Eduardo Escobal and 15 others with murder.
On Sept. 15, 2011, Nor Silongan, 16, a criminology student at Notre Dame of Tacurong College, died from injuries inflicted during hazing rites of Tau Gamma Phi. Charges have been lodged against the suspects whose identifies were withheld.
On Oct. 27, 2010, Noel Borja, 17, an Alternative Learning Systems student, was found stuffed inside a plastic drum by the Pasig River near the Parola compound in Binondo, Manila. A fellow neophyte, Nilo Abarratigue, told authorities that he and Borja received 60 paddle whacks and punched for at least 60 seconds by members of Tau Gamma Phi.
On Aug. 15, 2010, the bruised body of 19-year-old EJ Karl Intia, a student of the University of Makati, was retrieved from a ravine in Sta. Maria, Laguna province, after undergoing initiation into Alpha Phi Omega. Eleven fraternity members have been charged in the case.
On July 18, 2010, Menardo Clamucha Jr., 18, a second year criminology student at the University of Iloilo, died from heavy beatings, prompting the filing of a criminal complaint against 25 members of Kapatiran ng mga Kabataang Kriminolohiya in Pototan town in Iloilo province.
In August 2008, Chester Paulo Abracias, 18, a sophomore marine technology student at Enverga University in Lucena City, died after more than 20 members of the Tau Gamma Phi allegedly beat him to death. His body was found wrapped in banana leaves and a blanket in a coconut plantation. Lawrence de Guzman, Inquirer Research
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