An 18-year old tourism student from Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Manila campus is currently recovering in a Makati hospital after getting multiple injuries due to alleged hazing rites done by a sorority last Sunday, January 8.
According to a Manila Bulletin report, the victim identified four of the suspects named, “Yonara,” “Yuna,” “Marie” and “Brandy,” who are her classmates in the university as well as members of the Tau Gamma Fraternity Sorority.
Chief Supt. Tomas Apolinario, Southern Police District director, said that the victim was asked by the suspects to bring food, candle, and an empty sack for an outing, but shocked that she was brought to an abandoned house along Ocampo street in Las Pinas City.
The next day, the victim was accompanied by her classmates back to her house in Pasay City. She said, she didn’t attempt to tell her parents on that day because the suspects threatened that she will be killed if she refused to join the sorority.
Charisma Alilio, mother of the victim, said on an interview with GMA News that her daughter was just forced to join the group.
According to Alilio, her daughter’s platelet count was low, but is now in stable. She is still recuperating in the hospital. She will file charges against more than 40 schoolmates of her daughter who were involved in the hazing.
LPU administration offered assistance to the victim’s family and released a statement regarding the issue. “We do not recognize any fraternity or sorority in Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU). Neither does LPU tolerate nor condone violence of any kind. The institution had no knowledge of this activity and as such, this was not a school sponsored activity.”
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