A 22-year-old student from the University of the Philippines (UP) – Diliman reportedly committed suicide in their home in Marikina City after the alleged hazing activities of the Sigma Rho Fraternity was exposed.
The student was a UP Sigma Rho Fraternity member and a former vice-chair of the UP College of Mass Communication Student Council (UP CMC SC). His death was later on confirmed by the University itself.
However, in a statement, UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan called on the public to refrain from posting on social media about the death of the said student, whom they did not identify nor specify the cause of death.
“I appeal to all students, faculty, and staff, as well as other concerned parties in and out of UP Diliman, to stop posting and forwarding social media messages related to the death of one of the Sigma Rho Fraternity members implicated in last week’s online exposé of the fraternity’s hazing,” Tan said.
“Let us do this out of sense and decency and respect for the privacy of the family,” he added.
Sigma Rho Fraternity has been recently under fire after the alleged conversation among the fraternity members were leaked to the public last week. The said conversation contains a group of persons preparing for what seemed to be a hazing ritual, with images showing the “paddle,” a tool used during hazing rituals.
According to the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), they received a report over the death of the Sigma Rho student who took his own life in his home in Marikina City on Saturday, September 28.
They added that his family had executed a waiver to launch an investigation in the crime scene.
“Sensationalism is, itself, a form [of] violent assault, and is not the solution to the fraternity culture of violence,” Tan noted.
The UP student’s death came in light of the recent death of 4th Class cadet Darwin Dormitorio of the prestigious Philippine Military Academy (PMA) from alleged ‘maltreatement’ he received from his upperclassmen.