MANILA - University of the Philippines President Alfredo E. Pascual said violence has no place in the university.
Reacting to the latest incident on hazing in the Diliman campus, Pascual said: "As an academic community, the university is an institution where not only the minds, but more importantly the hearts of our students, are imbued with the values of honor, excellence and service. Incidents of violence, done even for the noblest of reasons, have no place in UP."
He said he is closely monitoring the investigation being done by Chancellor Michael Tan regarding the hazing incident involving the Upsilon Sigma Phi in Diliman. The 17-year-old neophyte was sent to the hospital.
Pascual assured due process will be observed in the investigation.
"As the facts from the incident are being uncovered, I would like to assure the university community that the UP System administration will ensure that due process is observed in the conduct of the investigation and that the provisions of pertinent university rules and existing laws are enforced," he said.
He hopes, however, that the incident will be the last.
"I hope this will be the last time that we shall hear of acts of violence that endanger the lives of our students and produce a climate of fear among the members of the university community and their families," Pascual said.