Another Bedan Hazing Victim Dies

Senior Superintendent John C. Bulalacao, Cavite Police Provincial Office (PPO) director, said the police are now looking for a 4th year law student of San Beda College-Alabang campus and his two household helpers to shed light on the alleged hazing of a freshman law student Marc Andrei Marcos. The name of a certain Gian Angelo “Gean” Velus, cropped up during the investigation on the death of San Beda College of Law freshman  by operatives of the Dasmariñas police.

“Apparently, the case involving Marc Andrei Marcos was first reported to be a case of mauling incident, that he is a victim of a mauling incident,” Bulalacao said. Marcos was said to have been taken to the De la Salle University Medical Center by a certain Soledad Sanda at around 10:30 p.m. on July 29, and claimed that he was mauled by a group of unidentified men at Sitio Bisaya, Lt. Cantimbuhan Street in Barangay Zone 3, Dasmariñas City.

Sanda revealed to the investigators that the incident happened at a farm in Dasmariñas City owned by the family of Velus.

Aside from Sanda and Velus, Bulalacao said they also want to invite a certain Marlene Guadayo who was reportedly the one who requested for the admission of Marcos in the hospital. “Allegedly, Soledad Sanda and Marlen Guadayo are cooks of Veluz family at their farm located on Lt. Cantimbuhan Sreet, Barangay Zone 3, Dasmariñas City,” said Bulalacao.

Sanda, however, was released to the lawyer who represented her after the police probe and now “These ladies could no longer be found,” Bulalacao added.

Bulalacao said that they are not yet considering the three as suspects, adding that they just want to ask them a few questions since their names cropped up during the probe.

The conduct of hazing activities as major requirement for joining fraternities and sororities is still rampant amid the passage of the law criminalizing it and some celebrated cases with regard to such incidents.

Reports of hazing incidents are reportedly prevalent in law schools and even at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

Initial report indicated that Marcos died from body injuries last Monday at the De La Salle University Medical Center (DLUMC) in Dasmariñas City, Cavite, after he allegedly had undergone fraternity initiation rites at Sitio Bisaya, Lt. Kantimbuhan Street, Barangay Zone 3, also in Dasmariñas.

Earlier this year, Marvin Reglos, also a freshman from the San Beda College of Law, died due to injuries caused by hazing during the initiation rites of the Lambda Rho Beta fraternity.

Meanwhile, after expressing anger over the recent death of Marcos, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III asked Congress to impose a life term for anyone who participates in hazing, regardless of the condition of the victim. He filed Senate Bill No. 3131, seeking to amend the 17-year-old RA 8049 or the Anti-Hazing law. The bill has been referred to the Senate public order committee chaired by Sen. Gregorio B. Honasan II, a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) where hazing is also practiced. The bill seeks the automatic punishment of life imprisonment for any fraternity or sorority officers or members who participate “in the infliction of physical harm in hazing or other forms of initiation rites.”

Sotto argued that the law has proven to be inadequate in deterring fatal hazing in universities and colleges and in making fraternities and sororities accountable.

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