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March 02, 2023 - Thursday 3:03 PM by Erwin Tulfo

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Violence continued to hog the headlines this time an Adamson University student was brutally murdered during a Tau Gamma Phi fraternity hazing in Binan, Laguna.

When is this going to end? So many lives of promising young people have been wasted due to the mistake of joining these pseudo-brotherhood gangs in the campuses.

President Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos, Jr. strongly condemned the killing of John Matthew Salilig whose severely beaten body was found in a shallow grave in a vacant lot on Imus, Cavite on Tuesday.

“It is not through violence that we can measure the strength of our brotherhood.  There should be no room for violence in our student organizations which our children consider family, and in our schools which they consider their second home,” PBBM said.

For his part, House Speaker Martin Romualdez said about the Tau Gamma Phi brotherhood initiation rites that resulted in the death of Salilig, “brothers do not kill brothers”.

Even the Anti-Crime and Terror through Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party-list, categorically denounce the senseless killing of a promising Adamson University student.

“We enjoin the Philippine National Police (PNP) to speed up its investigation and press the necessary charges against the suspects before they could attempt to slip out of the country”,  said the statement from the said partylist.

Salilig would have been a graduating chemical engineering student next year.  Instead, he ended up a victim of blood-thirsty members of Tau Gamma, suffering from 70 paddle beatings.

 Police are readying charges against at least 17 fraternity members who participated in the hazing, which is outlawed by RA 11053 or the Anti-Hazing Act.  The law prohibits all forms of violence during the initiation rites of a fraternity or sorority.

The law also requires the fraternity to inform the concerned school about such activities as to where and when they are going to be held.

According to Salilig’s brother who is also a Tau Gamma member, the victim had come from Zamboanga City and made it to Laguna to participate in the fraternity’s “Welcoming Rites.”

Apparently, the welcome party turned into a wild and bloody mayhem.

How can one describe this type of punishment or torture as a “brotherly act?” For all you know Salilig’s tormentors were high on drugs or intoxicated.

Those culprits did not even care to rush the poor guy to the hospital so he could be revived.

Instead, they tried to cover up for their horrendous crime by burying the victim in the dirt in Cavite.

Those cold-blooded murderers deserve the harshest punishment.

Actually, this is one type of crime that should be punishable by the death penalty if allowed in the country.

The problem with those fraternity hazings is that anybody can be the tormentors of the unsuspecting neophytes and you would never know the intentions of those who participate in the beatings of neophytes.

One witness told investigators that Salilig already collapsed early on but was forced to subject to a second round of beatings.

It is also about time the Anti-Hazing law should be reviewed for loopholes for it to serve its purpose.


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