Beng wants justice for hazing victim PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 October 2015 11:15

By Vic Larato

Mayor Beng Climaco has assured the family of the recent hazing victim that the city government is helping in pursuing justice for the teenager who died from a fraternity initiation rite.

“We condemn hazing. It is something that has been prohibited and yet the accountable persons are the (fraternity) officers that violate the national policy that led to the death of an 18-year-old boy,” Climaco said in an interview on TV-11’s “Teleradyo” program.

Climaco was referring to the case of Anthony Javier, 18, of Atis Drive, Baliwasan, who died from a fraternity hazing last Sept. 30.

The victim was a computer science student of the Western Mindanao State University, and was said to join the Tau Gamma fraternity.

Police investigation disclosed that the hazing was done at the Abong-Abong Park in Upper Pasonanca about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 30).

However, the incident was only discovered when the victim was brought to the private hospital for treatment.

The chief executive said she had tasked City Legal Officer Jesus Carbon Jr. to assist the victim’s family in pursuing the case against the suspects so that justice can be obtained and served.

“We will not take it sitting down. We will exercise the law because we want to set an example,” she said, adding that the case was the first hazing incident in the city under her term.

Climaco stressed that membership to the fraternity or sorority means that you have to save and protect each other’s life. “You don’t check loyalty by hazing,” she said.— Vic Larato