MANILA -- Tau Gamma Phi fraternity, tagged in the death of a student from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (CSB), said it follows the Anti-Hazing Law and has a "no hazing policy."
In a statement released Monday, the fraternity offered their deepest condolences to the family of Guillo Cesar Servando, who died after undergoing initiation rites.
It also said that members and officers of the fraternity are "deeply troubled" by reports that some of its members were involved in the "fatal hazing" of Servando.
"It regrets that some of its chapters may not have abided by the fraternity's "no hazing" policy, thus resulted to this unfortunate incident," the statement said.
The fraternity said it strongly condemns the violence inflicted against Servando, adding that it does not and will not condone the incident.
It is also conducting its own internal investigation, and promised to actively and fully cooperate with authorities "to bring those involved to justice".
Tau Gamma Phi emphasized that as a fraternity, it is founded on principles and rationality, and not on violence.
"All Tau Gamma Phi members are guided by its tenet: 'First of all do not harm let alone in defense of self. For whatever reason man has come into being, to whatever purpose he exist, kin to all living creatures around him, MAN IS BROTHER UNTO MAN," the fraternity said.
It also said that the Anti-Hazing Law has already been incorporated into its constitution to ensure that no harm or physical violence is inflicted on applicants to the fraternity.