La Salle condemns hazing as ‘barbaric’
MANILA, Philippines—The De La Salle University (DLSU) on Saturday broke its silence and issued a statement condemning the death of Guillo Cesar Servando, an alleged victim of fraternity hazing.
“De La Salle University strongly condemns the fraternity hazing that resulted in the death of a student of De La Salle-College of St. Benilde and the serious injuries inflicted on others,” it said.
It said hazing is an “unconscionable and barbaric act that deserves no place in human society.”
Servando, 18, died on June 28 in Manila after sustaining multiple injuries from Tau Gamma Phi fraternity’s initiation rites.
The university assured the parents of the victims of its complete cooperation with law enforcement agencies to bring those responsible to the bar of justice.
It said it is a long-term policy of DLSU to ban organizations that promote violence in any form.
“As part of its admission policy, the university requires all new students to sign a Non-Fraternity Contract stipulating that its violation will result in either dismissal or expulsion,” it said.
According to the university, students are constantly reminded of the dangers of joining fraternities throughout their university life.
“In light of this tragedy, the university reaffirms its long-held commitment to its Christian orientation by guiding and counseling its students to realize their full potential, underscoring the primacy of human life and the promotion of justice and peace” it said.