Palace vows to go after hazing 'conspirators'

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 30 2014 05:14 PM | Updated as of Jul 01 2014 01:14 AM

MANILA - Malacanang told college fraternities not to waste their lives with fraternity hazing.

This is after a De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (CSB) sophomore died over the weekend allegedly due to fraternity hazing.

"Certainly, this recent case of hazing is unacceptable to the government. And so, we are going to pursue all those people who have—who are instrumental in the heinous muder of this particular individual. This should not continue. We certainly would want fraternities (to know) that there is an Anti-Hazing Act, and that if you are—if any death occurs, you will be held liable," Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.

"Think about your future. You are at the cusp of your maturity or adulthood. And if you do that, you are just wasting away your productive years in prison. So, let this be a warning to you—all those fraternities and their leaders. We will definitely use the full force of the law to go after the hazing—how do you call that?—conspirators. But we will use… But there is a law that we follow and therefore—but we will use the full extent of the law to go after them."

Earlier reports said CSB sophomore Guillo Cesar Servando and three other students were picked up by Alpha Kappa Rho (Akrho) fraternity members on Saturday for the initiation and were brought back to their condo four hours later.

Police said Servando, a hotel and restaurant management student and resident of 8809 Sampaloc St., San Antonio Village, was killed apparently in fraternity initiation rites.

His companions, also beaten black and blue, were rushed to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). Police identified them as John Paul Raval, 18, of One Archers Place; Lorenze Agustin, 18, of Prime City towers in San Antonio Village, Makati; and a 17-year-old CSB student whose name was withheld because he is a minor.

Raval said the fraternity members used a green Honda CRV with no license plates. The neophytes were blindfolded on the way to a house where the initiation rites were held.

At around 9:33 p.m., Raval said they were taken back to his condominium unit by the fraternity men.

While resting, Raval said they noticed that Servando was lying lifeless, prompting them to call for a Manila Red Cross emergency ambulance. With a report by The Philippine Star