Imprisonment, initiation and hazing

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By Carlos Legaspi Jr.

Questions that Matter

Friday, July 11, 2014


SENATOR Bong Revilla and Senator Jinggoy Estrada were imprisoned and the Manila media had feasted on the fate of these two. While waiting for the arrest order for the Great Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, the Manila media had to look around for other worthwhile news. They looked like crocodiles looking for their prey at the dark murky muddy waters of the swamps. There was nothing to feed upon until a white heron landed in the marshes and there they went for the kill.

The kill for the white heron was like a heavy fate that befell the Servando family. The eye and the focus of the crocodiles were diverted into another direction that most of the crocodiles had their focus on the kill and left the swampy waters. The other crocodiles swam into deeper waters while other went upland and looked for higher grounds. Another big splash on the water and all the crocs rushed in, leaving the issue behind again. The big splash is the news on the delayed arrest of Senator Enrile.

Enough of the graft and corruption issues first. Let us have a look at the teenagers of today. I saw on television the faces of those involved in hazing. They were very young and vibrant. Looking at these guys reminded me of a problem in school before. There were those who recruited freshmen students to fraternities. Some used fear and intimidation, so that these young boys will join their brotherhood. I was recruited but since I was in the seminary, I was not allowed to join.

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Years passed and I was appointed Director of Student Affairs and I had to deal with these fraternities and sororities. When I assumed office, fraternities were already accredited in the university and their number was growing. These fraternities worked with the office in doing cleanliness drives and social outreach projects. Soon, a federation of campus organizations was established by then Rev. Fr. Antonio Limchaypo, OAR and the late Jan Rex Santillana. This federation encompassed all the fraternities and campus organizations in the university. The objective was to unite the organizations and achieve the vision-mission-goals of the university.

From that time on, problems of initiation and complaints were handled by the federation officers. They aid in the application and accreditation of new organizations. They update themselves of the trends in campus organizations. They worked hand-in-hand with all organizations and worked for the achievement of the goals. Projects were also done to unite all members.

So, today, as the whole country sits and watches the development of the Servando case, the office in the university reminds new officers of the impact of the anti-hazing law. All fraternities were also advised to take precautions in holding their initiation rites. In fact, no recruit under 18 years old shall be allowed. If a fraternity is found to have violated such, the university policy shall govern them. After due process, they might be meted with a maximum penalty.

Congratulations to Fr. Walthrode Conde, OAR of UNO-Recoletos for celebrating his 50th year in the priesthood.

St. Ezekiel Moreno, Sts. Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod, Pope St.John Paul II, Mons. John Liu and John Su and Sir Faraon Lopez, pray for us.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 11, 2014.

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