Alleged hazing takes another law stude’s life

Fraternity hazing is believed to have killed another law student from San Beda College in Manila, just months after the death of Marvin Reglos, a hazing victim from the same school.

Marc Andrei Marcos, a freshman law student at San Beda, passed away Monday. He was covered in bruises and was in a coma when brought to the De La Salle University Medical Center in Dasmariñas City in Cavite.

The San Beda College Law Student Government, on its Facebook page, said it is "in coordination with the Administration to find out which fraternity is behind this heinous crime."

The student council also said San Beda will cooperate in the probe, and that "everything is being done to see that justice is served."

"Violence will never be tolerated by this Law School," the student council said.

It has also announced that a mass will be held for Marcos on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. "Let us wear black as we unite in our fight against frat-related violence," it said.

Rotciv Reyes Cumigad left a comment on the page saying "(Someone died from hazing) last sem, this sem, how about next sem?"

Edgar Cruz, a student at San Beda, left this message: "We mourned for Marvin Reglos. San Beda will mourn again for Drei Marcos. Two is enough. No more."

"Let us neither condone nor sympathize with the next law student victim who willingly and voluntarily applies to join a fraternity knowing he puts his life and limb at risk and despite the strict prohibition and ample warnings of the Bedan Admin and his caring friends and classmates, and who, should he survive the hazing, will be the one initiating another batch of applicants," he said.

Yahoo! Southeast Asia tried to reach the dean of San Beda College but calls were left unanswered.

Meanwhile, activist youth group Anakbayan called on the government to act quickly and resolve the case.

"We call on the authorities to leave no stone unturned. Identify, arrest, and prosecute the suspects of this dastardly crime immediately. How many more will have to die before the authorities act decisively?," Anakbayan said in a press statement.

The group said that although students have a right to organize, that right "does not include the right to injure, maim, and kill." It also called on alumni of the still unidentified fraternity, and those of other fraternities "to help in ending the barbaric tradition of Greek-lettered societies, once and for all."

Instead of engaging "brutal, violent, and fatal hazing," Anakbayan said Filipino students should "devote their time and efforts to providing community service, especially to the communities of the marginalized and the poor in urban and rural areas."

"We direct this proposal, not just to the San Beda community, but to all other universities and academic communities across the country," it said.

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