UP investigates frat violence, to file charges against erring fratmen

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The Administration Building of UP Diliman, aka Quezon Hall, was designed by Juan Nakpil, who was hailed as a National Artist for Architecture in 1973. Photo by RAMON FVELASQUEZ/CC BY-SA 3.0

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 15) — The chancellor of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman campus warned  students involved in the recent rounds of fraternity violence that they may face criminal charges.

In a statement UP Diliman chancellor Michael  Tan said investigation into the violent altercations between the Alpha Phi Beta and Upsilon Sigma fraternities is ongoing.

"The incidents are being investigated and charges will be filed against those found criminally liable," Tan said. "The penalties for violence are severe, and can include expulsion from the university."

CCTV footage acquired by several members of the media show two groups of students in a scuffle in Palma Hall, a well-populated building where a lot of general elective subjects are taught.

There was also an incident involving weapons along Magsaysay Avenue, allegedly involving the same two fraternity groups on Wednesday. The UP Law Student Government, in a statement, condemned the incident and said that a law student was allegedly involved.

The UP Diliman University Student Council (USC) also condemned the incident and said that it has formed a fact-finding team made of members that are not affiliated with the fraternities to investigate the event.

 

"As of now the USC have formed a fact-finding team, which consists of unaffiliated members, that continues to investigate about the said situation. We call on the UP Diliman community to stay vigilant until matter is resolved," the USC said in a statement.

USC officials who are members of the warring fraternities-- Chairperson Yael Toribio, Councilor Rein Gallardo, Councilor Ian Serrano and Councilor Jeremiah Tomas-- were required to submit written testimonies about the event pursuant to the House Rules of the USC. These will be released in to the public through the USC's facebook page.