Student group condemns UP frat violence

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Fraternity-related incidents of violence occurred at the University of the Philippines' Diliman campus on Thursday (June 18).

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — In a statement released Saturday (June 20), the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) condemned fraternity-related incidents of violence that occurred at the University of the Philippines' (UP) Diliman campus last Thursday (June 18).

The student group also urged the UP administration to speed up investigations on the matter.

Although UP Chancellor Dr. Michael Tan on Friday (June 19) confirmed that the students involved in the two incidents were members of fraternities, the NUSP stressed that "violence among students and youth is not confined nor isolated to fraternities and sororities."

"What we must put an end to are not the fraternities, but the cultures of violence and impunity entrenched in our schools, in our society, in our consciousness, traditions, politics, and practices," NUSP said.

While the university earlier refused to disclose the names of those involved in the incidents and their respective fraternities, the Quezon City Police Department (QCPD) confirmed the identities of the alleged suspects.

Brought in for questioning at QCPD Station 9 in Cubao were Cheran Cabrito, Rannie Mercado, Rudolf Gene Karlo Neral, Sean Rodriguez, and Elias Miles Villanueva.

Charges of frustrated murder, physical injury, and malicious mischief against the five have yet to be finalized by authorities.

What happened?

Tan's statement, which was posted on UP Diliman's Facebook page, provided the public with a narration of what happened last Thursday.

According to Tan, the first incident happened at around 3:00 p.m., when two individuals were attacked by a group of masked assailants. Both sustained injuries and were given medical attention at the university's Health Service, but one had to be transferred to a private hospital.

An hour later, a second incident occurred — this time involving a group of suspects who damaged a parked vehicle and attacked its occupants.

"UP Diliman will act firmly, initiating immediate preventive suspension on students involved in the assault and promptly conduct hearings." Tan said. "We will impose the full penalty for those found guilty, and this is expulsion. There is no place for cowards in UP."