• UST frat men linked to fatal hazing of St. Benilde student

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    STUDENTS of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) who are members of the Alpha Kappa Rho (Akrho) fraternity are allegedly behind the fatal hazing of a student of the College of St. Benilde.

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    John Paul Raval, 18, a friend of the victim, Guillo Cesar Servando, said members of the Akrho fraternity from UST picked them up from a restaurant near the One Archers Place at 5:30 p.m. last Saturday. Raval said he, Cesar, Lorenze Agustin and another St. Benilde student boarded a green Honda CRV with no license plate. While in the car, the four students were blindfolded and taken to a house where the initiation rites were performed.

    Raval told the police that they were taken back to their condo unit at 9:33 p.m. A guard saw the young men limping but he did not question them. Raval said a few minutes after they entered their condo unit, Servando was no longer responsive. The group called Red Cross and asked for help. A Red Cross personnel, Edlazir Cacho, brought the teenagers to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH).

    Servando, a sophomore, was declared dead at the hospital.

    The other students who were with Servando were treated for bruises.

    Neither the College of St. Benilde nor the Akrho has issued a statement about the incident.

    Servando’s parents, Cristine and Aurelio, were in Jaro town in Iloilo when they were informed of their son’s death on Saturday night. They arrived in Manila on Sunday and were told that Cesar’s body was brought to the Saint Harold Funeral Homes near PGH.

    The couple refused to be interviewed by reporters.

    Cesar’s uncle Joseph Uytiepo said the teenager was always happy and had plenty of friends.

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    5 Comments

    1. Such a funny article, Manila Times. The University has already said that these two suspects are not her students. Edit edit din po pag may time.

    2. Uh-oh oh… These are catholic schools, and yet we have this kind of misconduct. A few years ago, we have also the rotc misdeed, and hayden…

      • ” The University of Santo Tomas is deeply saddened to learn about the unfortunate death of Mr. Guillo Cesar Servando, a student of the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
        A quick but thorough verification of UST’s automated records revealed that Mr. Trex Garcia and Mr. Hans Tamaring are not UST students and that Alpha Kappa Rho Fraternity is not in the official roster of recognized student organizations of UST.
        We shall monitor the progress of the police investigation and shall extend full cooperation with the proper authorities with the end in view of identifying and punishing the persons guilty of this reprehensible crime.”
        – you may check it here: https://www.facebook.com/University.of.Santo.Tomas.Manila?fref=nf

    3. Rey Rogelio G. Manalo, Jr. on

      • • • Moral Lesson for the Fratmen :

      ○○ It is better to join a true Christian Brotherhood where there are PRAISINGS

      ○○ Than to join a bogus Christian Brotherhood where there are HAZINGS.. Ouch!!

      …. (ref: Leviticus 19:28, Psalm 11:5-6, Romans 12:9, 1Corinthians 3:16-17, Galatians 5:10, Colossians 2:22-23, 1Peter 2:17)

    4. mikhail hieronymus on

      Fraternity or those Greek words organization in college is NOT what I thought it was even then. When I entered college, I learned early on that it was just a bunch of students trying to impose their will on new students. I did not see any point in being a member of a frat. What those frat members were doing to new comers were so embarrassing and almost inhuman in my days. I totally ignored the invitation of friends to join in. I just concentrate on my studies.