Shun fraternities, bishop tells youth

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MANILA, July 1, 2014— Following another hazing-related death, a Catholic bishop advised students not to join fraternities and sororities, especially those with dangerous initiations.

“We are appealing to students, who are planning to join such groups, not to go through with it as they might become the next victim of hazing,” said Bishop Roberto Mallari, former vice chairman of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Youth.

Mallari, who also heads the diocese of San Jose in Nueva Ecija, said cases highlighting injuries or deaths from hazing only prove how risky joining such groups are.

San Jose Bishop Roberto of Mallari advises young people to stay away from fraternities after another college student dies from injuries allegedly suffered from hazing initiation rites. (Photo: CBCP News)

“This should serve as a lesson to all. That’s why everyone, especially the youth, should go against all forms of hazing in fraternities. We should all be concerned about this as the next victim could be someone that you know,” he said.

Similarly, the bishop called on fraternities and sororities to stop subjecting their brothers to such initiations.

“Why do you need to subject them to such tests? What is your purpose for doing that? What do they really want? Maybe they should review what their group’s mission and vision is,” Mallari said.

On Saturday night, sophomore student Guillo Cesar Servando of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde allegedly died of hazing after undergoing the initiation rites of a fraternity in Manila.

Aside from Servando, also injured from alleged hazing were three other students of the said university.

In 2012, a freshman law student of San Beda College, Mark Andrei Marcos, was also killed from fraternity hazing. (CBCPNews)

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