Law Stud Dies of Hazing in Philippines

Law Stud Dies of Hazing in Philippines

Antipolo : Philippines | Feb 21, 2012 at 10:47 PM PST
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A 25-year-old freshman law student of San Beda College, Marvin Reglos, have died on Tuesday due to a fraternity hazing rites done last weekend at Antipolo City, a suburb of Manila.

Reglos died wearing a shirt that bears the name of the fraternity group "Lambda Rho Beta,” police told reporters following the arrest of two suspects who are also law students from other school.

The victim was brought to Unciano Medical Center on Sunday by a group of men boarding a Honda City (WMF174) but all have fled when the doctor said he is dead on arrival.

Chief Insp. Zaldy Aquino, deputy head of police in Antipolo, said that Reglos acquired wounds in different parts of his body and a damage on his nape caused his death.

Investigators had confiscated the mobile phones of said 2 suspects with messages on it from a certain "RJ Gregna."

Based from a report in Philippine Daily Inquirer (one of the biggest circulating newspaper in the Philippines), there are messages as follows, “News blackout, ’wag kalimutan (don't forget), I-delete lahat ng text sa phone tungkol sa initiation (Delete all messages in your phone about the initiation). ’ Wag sasagot kung tanungin kung sino ang mga officer.” (Don't say anything when asked if who are the officers.)

On the other phone of a suspect, there are some messages that say; “Walang magsasalita. Utos ’yan. I-delete lahat ng text ASAP. Kahit ang text na ito. Lahat dapat sumunod.” (No one is allowed to talk. That is an order. Delete all text messages ASAP. Even this message. Everyone should follow.)

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, who herself was also a graduate of San Beda College had condemned the said incident and even gave an order to the National Bureau of Investigation to investigate it.

De Lima is now making a move to ammend the anti-hazing law to make sure that all followers and even the fraternity head officers will be liable for such crime as this.

JeniferLamug is based in Hong Kong, , China, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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