UM students involved in hazing going through proper investigation, says exec

Marianne Afrondoza, head of the Office of Student Affairs of University of Mindanao, says during this week's AFP-PNP Press Corps media forum at The Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City that the students who are involved in the hazing incident, which took the life of a student/pledgee, are undergoing due process before the recommendation of their expulsion will be applied. Edge Davao
Marianne Afrondoza, head of the Office of Student Affairs of University of Mindanao, says during this week's AFP-PNP Press Corps media forum at The Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City that the students who are involved in the hazing incident, which took the life of a student/pledgee, are undergoing due process before the recommendation of their expulsion will be applied. Edge Davao

An official of the University of Mindanao (UM) said that the students who are allegedly involved in the hazing incident, which resulted to the death of a student-pledgee, are being afforded due process before the recommendation of their expulsion will be applied.

Marianne Afrondoza, head of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) of UM, said OSA is still continuing the investigation of the case involving the suspects.

“We have suspended the attendance of the said students and we have to go through with the due process so that everything will be put into place and with this due process the recommendations of OSA is for the expulsion or exclusion of these students will be duly processed,” said Afrondoza during the AFP PNP Press Corps media briefing on Wednesday.

On Monday, the management of UM, through a statement, announced that it has suspended the four students who were allegedly involved in the hazing incident, which resulted in the death of August Ceazar P. Saplot, a pledgee of the ALPHA KAPPA RHO Fraternity, Alpha Delta Chapter.

Afrondoza maintained that the hazing incident did not happen inside the school premises.

“Hazing was not or did not happen on our university premises. Klaruhin lang natin yan because maraming nagsasabi na it happened within the university,” she emphasized.

She also reiterated that hazing and any forms of fraternity and sorority are not tolerated nor recognized in UM.

“As head of OSA of the university in Matina and Bolton and coordinating with other branches of UM, we uphold that we have to abide by the law of RA 11053 or the Anti Hazing Law and this is already an amendment of RA 8049 since then it was promulgated in 1995 anti-hazing campaign has already been promoted in the university. We do not allow any forms of fraternities and sororities nor hazing as one form of initiation in our student organizations,” she said.

She said UM has 31,000 students for this semester and with that number of students the management can only do so much. This year, there are also 10 student college governments, and 47 student organizations being re-accredited.

She said OSA monitors 57 student organizations this year.

“It is not really an easy job because we have to monitor them, what are their plans for this year, how are they going to accomplish, whatever they are going to submit as part of the requirements,” she said.

She also said OSA has only eight employees monitoring these organizations.

“As in hindi namin lahat ma-cover, we cannot really control. That is why we appeal to students and family of the students that our values must be inculcated from the family,” she said.

As to the timeline of the completion of the investigation, she said currently they are still sending information, summoning those who are at large, and asking for information from students and stakeholders.

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