Lex Leonum frat: We do not engage in hazing

By Caroline J. Howard, ANC

Posted at Aug 04 2012 06:07 PM | Updated as of Aug 05 2012 02:07 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Lex Leonum Fraternitas distances itself from the suspected hazing incident    that claimed the life of first year San Beda law student Marc Andrei Marcos.

Former Quezon City Councilor Ariel Inton, an alumnus of Lex Leonum, insists that their fraternity does not tolerate physical brutality much less hazing.

“We assure you that the fraternity is not an underground fraternity. Hindi kami bayolenteng mga tao, this is the first time it’s happened and we will not tolerate this,” he told ANC’s “Dateline Philippines” on Saturday.

The Lex Leonum Fraternitas has condemned the incident and is conducting an independent probe into the incident.

Inton insists that the suspects, whether frat members or not, should face due process.

“We have to get involved as a fraternity. We will wait for the evidence produced and we will not tolerate such a barbaric thing kung talagang sa amin. Anybody who's involved should face it hindi pwedeng taguan at takasan. Brods or not it doesn’t matter to us right now, may namatay, na-involve ‘yung fraternity, so kung sino ‘yung dapat managot, dapat managot,” he said.

They have also expressed their condolences to the Marcos family and their willingness to assist the investigation in any way they can.

“We extend our sympathy. Nalulungkot po kami sa nangyaring ‘yan, hindi namin kagustuhan ‘yan, at ayaw rin namin kahit kanino na may nabubuwisan ng buhay sa ngalan ng kapatiran. Nakikiramay po kami at nais din naming makipagtulungan sa inyo,” Inton said.

Meantime, amid plans for a congressional inquiry in aid of legislation, Inton said there may be a need to review the Anti-Hazing Law.