On Sunday, September 29, 2019, it was confirmed that a member of the Sigma Rho Fraternity has died. This member was one of those named in an alleged online conversation among members of this fraternity involved in alleged acts of hazing.
We in the University of the Philippines extend our deepest sympathies to the bereaved. We reach out in concern as well to all those who have been victimized by a persistent system of fraternity-related violence engendered by an underlying culture of toxic masculinity, patriarchal values and impunity. There is no place in the country’s national university for all forms of violence, harassment, discrimination and cruelty, whether committed through physical acts such as hazing and sexual violence, or through mental and emotional abuse committed through acts of bullying and cyberbullying.
We are committed to eradicating fraternity-related violence and impunity on campus by carrying out a transformation within the culture of the University itself, where the values of compassion, empathy and equality are held as sacred as UP’s principles of honor and excellence by all members of its community.
Finally, we are appealing to the public as well as to media professionals to exercise particular caution when sharing or reporting sensitive stories out of respect for the privacy of the bereaved.
University of the Philippines System Administration
September 30, 2019