Sunday, May 29, 2011

Death of E.J. Karl Intia, University of Makati, Alpha Phi Omega

Excerpt from story

By Tina Santos
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 21:52:00 09/28/2010

THE FAMILY of University of Makati student EJ Karl Intia will request the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct its own probe on the circumstances surrounding the victim’s death.
Intia allegedly died from injuries he suffered during initiation rites conducted by members of the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) fraternity last month.
“All I want is justice for my son,” said Oscar Intia, the victim’s father, adding that he is set to meet NBI Director Magtanggol Gatdula on Wednesday to seek his help in gathering evidence and in looking for 11 of 16 suspects who remain at large.
Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 57 Judge Honorio Guanlao recently ordered the release of APO members John Marin, Rico Mansalapus, Michael Pagulayan and Rosel Wenceslao who were detained earlier for lack of probable cause.
The four, along with another suspect who is a minor, earlier surrendered to police and reportedly admitted that they took part in the hazing.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Forward from Visayan Daily Star

The management of West Negros University yesterday assured it will help their student who allegedly became a victim of hazing last week attain justice.
A press statement from Elmer Bolivar, WNU vice president for administration, said the institution is determined to make those responsible for the alleged hazing answerable for the crime they committed.
The victim, whose name the police withheld, was invited by a fellow teenager Thursday last week to meet his friends. The victim agreed, not knowing that it would be an initial meeting with the alleged members of the fraternity called the “Tau Gamma Phi”, Bolivar said. When the victim refused to join the organization, the “master initiator” threatened him, Bolivar added.
Bolivar also said that the suspect is not a member of the University’s football varsity team nor is he a student of WNU...

Alpha Phi Omega announces hazing ban

HE Alpha Phi Omega (APO) International Philippines will now be adopting a no-hazing policy in the recruitment of new members.
Magleo V. Adriano, national APO president, said they have already pledged to campaign for a national resolution in 2007 supporting Republic Act 8049, or the Anti-Hazing Policy.
"Death cases due to hazing during initiation rites before the resolution was adopted have soared high," Adriano said during a press conference at Limketkai Center Thursday.
He, however, did not specify the number of deaths due to hazing, claiming there were no official tracking of the victims.
Adriano added that hazing victims and the "hazers" would definitely not admit the wrongdoing while doctors may not recognize their case as hazing.
"There is no difference between hazing and non-hazing practice to check the commitment and loyalty of our new members. It is not through hazing that we contemplate to the upcoming new members. They will undergo a series of programs to determine their dedication," Adriano said.
He admitted though that as of the moment, only 40 percent of their chapters have adopted the no-hazing policy.
Since Thursday, around 2,000 members of APO in the Philippines gathered in Cagayan de Oro for their 26th National Biennial convention dubbed "One vision in the second decade of the third millennium."
"Here in Mindanao, most of the chapters apply minimal hazing but that can be changed since during this year's four-day convention, we will discuss and strictly implement a no-hazing policy to all our chapters," Adriano said.
The constitution and by-laws of APO mandates to conduct a biennial general assembly to tackle legislative and constitutional issues on hand, and the convening of the Electoral College to elect new officials to govern the APO organization.