Deaths Caused by Hazing

ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group

Posted at Sep 27 2017 08:09 AM | Updated as of Oct 03 2017 05:32 PM

Based on news reports, and records for the Supreme Court, Senate, and House of Representatives, there were at least 31 deaths caused by hazing or initiation rites of fraternities and training institutions since 1954, the year when the first hazing victim was reported.

Gonzalo Albert was the first reported hazing victim in the Philippines. Albert was a student of the University of the Philippines and was a neophyte of the Upsilon Sigma Phi fraternity.

At least nine other hazing victims were reported after Gonzalo’s death up until 1995 when Republic Act 8049 or the “Anti-Hazing Law" was passed. After the law was passed, at least 21 more deaths due to hazing were reported nationwide.

The 31 deaths due to hazing since 1954 involved 17 fraternities, eight of them allegedly involving the Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity—the most number of hazing deaths involving a fraternity. 

Of the 31 hazing victims since 1954:

-    more than half or 15 were from public learning institutions (State Universities/Colleges, and a high school)

-    13 were from private schools and institutions

-    1 was from the Philippine Army

-    1 was participating in DepEd’s Alternative Learning System

-    1 has no available data

(Data as of Oct. 3, 2017; infographic below excludes 2 hazing deaths, one in Philippine Army and one in Maritime Academy of Asia.)

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