Senate President of the Philippines Want Schools to Tighten Fraternity Rules

The Senate President of the Philippines is now urging the schools in the country to make an action to tighten their guidelines or rules when it comes to their existing fraternity groups. Senator Aquilino Pimentel III revealed his statement on Wednesday so that the schools will begin evaluating and monitoring the frat groups.

The Senate President wants to make sure that school institution the Philippines with existing fraternity groups must follow his recommendation to prevent any untoward incident like what happened to the UST law student few days ago who died in a brutal hazing.

According to Pimentel as published on the news online, both universities and colleges in the country need to implement “vise-like” regulations to assure that death incident during the welcome or initiation rites will not manifest just like the latest 22-year-old law student victim, Horacio “Atio” Castillo III.

“It’s been more than twenty years since the Anti-Hazing Law was enacted in 1995, but the recent death of UST law student Horacio Castillo III shows us that the law itself has failed to fully deter frat members from committing acts of physical violence against neophytes,” described by Pimentel as quoted by philstar.com.

He added that it is very important for all the schools to investigate all those fraternity as well as sorority groups that do not adhere to the rules and to the imposed law of the government. He also said that these groups must not disregard the existing Republic Act 8094 or known as the Anti-Hazing Law in the Philippines.

From the statement of the Senate President also, he is urging the schools to have at least a pair of representatives who are going to observe during the initiation rites. He believes that this is one effective way in preventing any violence or death.

“University and college officials should recognize fraternities and similar organizations so they can be subject to regulation. They should then be extremely strict about requiring fraternities to submit a list of their officers and members, as well as their activities for the semester or school year,” Pimentel said.

The senate is currently reviewing the RA 8047 and possible amending the law.

Castillo Family Says Death of Atio “Barbaric,” Demands Justice for the Killers

The Death of University of Santo Tomas (UST) law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III last Monday once again opened the inhuman behavior of some fraternity groups in the Philippines such as the Aegis Juris.

Based on the statement of the Castillo family, they death of the young Castillo is “barbaric” after he joined the brotherhood of the Aegis Juris fraternity and died during the hazing rites.

“Clearly killed by criminals from the Aegis Juris fraternity in a blatant act of hazing,” stated by the family of the victim as quoted by the news online. Adelfa Villar has this statement and given by the Castillo family during the wake of Atio at the Santuario  de San Antonio in Forbes Park, Makati City.

“While the death of Atio is still under investigation, it is clear to us that Atio was killed by criminals from the Aegis Juris fraternity in a blatant act of hazing. We are outraged that barbaric and criminal acts continue to be performed in the false name of brotherhood,” the statement of the family continued.

Villar is the lawyer of the Castillo’s and they are also urging the school and its Dean to help them about the ongoing investigation of the case.

“We call on Dean Nilo Divina to exhibit heroic leadership and champion the rights of Atio, his fallen student, regardless if his affiliation with this fraternity,” said family as quoted by inquirer.net.

The loved ones of the killed young Castillo also want the fraternity members to reveal the exact killers and serve justice. They also promised Atio that they will never stop and rest until they get justice for his “barbaric” death.

In line with this issue, one of the primary suspects of the UST law student killing came out on Friday in Taguig City at Senator Panfilo Lacson’s office. The authority identified him as John Paul Solano and this somehow open a good lead to identity the other suspects who took part of the hazing.

Senator Lacson is the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs chairperson and is preparing to investigate the case. Solano has a lawyer with him when he went to the office and the chief of the MPD and the UST Dean are also present.

They did not yet open the wake of Atio in public as requested by his family.

 

Credit image: CNN Philippines

 

UP Improves QS World University Rankings, Now Ranks 367th

According to the recent survey conducted by the QS World University Rankings, the University of the Philippines (UP) is still the top school institution in the Philippines.

This 2017, it ranked 367th compared to last year’s ranked 374th.

The University of the Philippines (UP) is the only university that improved its ranking as opposed to its counterparts and garnered a 32.9 overall score, as detailed by the reported news.

“UP Diliman is not only the home of diverse colleges, offering 94 graduate and undergraduate courses, it also runs several centers of research, many of which have been declared by the Commission on Higher Education as National Centers of Excellence,” as stated on the official website of QS and quoted by Philstar.com.

“UP Diliman affirmed its own commitment to modernizing its facilities and services. Many of the libraries are already computerized and are providing automated services. It has also identified specific growth areas, foremost of which are in engineering education, interdisciplinary programs such as Material Science, Technology Management and Archaeological Studies and International Studies,” QS added.

Adamson University, De La Salle University and University of Santo Tomas somehow declined on the latest rankings.