‘May good come out of this tragedy’

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Friday, July 4, 2014

THEIR hearts bleed but the family of hazing victim Guillo Cesar Servando remains optimistic that all things will work together for good.

"May good come out of this tragedy," the victim's uncle, Bro. Antonio Cesar Servando, vice chancellor for administration of the University of Saint La Salle in Bacolod, said in a text message to the media yesterday.

Aurelio Cesar Servando, the victim's father, said the other day he had a hard time bidding goodbye to his “handsome boy.”


“I don’t know if it is ever possible to let go. Maybe it’s possible to just say bye-bye for now. We will see each other in the next life,” Aurelio said.

Servando, 18, allegedly died during the initiation rites of the Tau Gamma Phi fraternity last Saturday. He was found unconscious along with three other students in a condominium unit on Taft Avenue, Manila.

He was a sophomore Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management student of De La Salle University-College of Saint Benilde.

On Wednesday, Guillo's body was brought to the Mother Teresa Columbarium in Caloocan for cremation after his wake at the National Shrine of the Divine Child in La Salle Green Hills.

Aurelio said that after the cremation, they would bring his son’s ashes home.

Bro. Servando said on Thursday the cremated remains of his nephew will stay in Manila for a few weeks.

When it will be brought to Bacolod, "it will be interred in Burgos public cemetery where our parents were buried," he added.

Bro. Servando refused further media interviews because he "easily gets emotional," he said.

On Wednesday, Malacañang said it will use the full force of the law in going after the suspects in the death of Servando.

“There is an Anti-Hazing Act, and if any death occurs, you will be held liable. Think about your future,” presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

The Commission on Higher Education is also conducting an investigation into the alleged hazing incident that resulted in the young Servando’s death.

DLS-CSB vice chancellor Robin Serrano said in a statement that the college prohibits fraternities and fraternity-related violence.

Meanwhile, Negros Occidental Representative Jeffrey Ferrer (Fourth District) said it is a right move of the House committee on justice to lead the investigation on the hazing incident.

However, he is not in favor of amending the Anti-Hazing Law because it is not defective.

Earlier, Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said fraternities are useless and should be banned in schools, and is calling for the immediate arrest of the suspects in the death of Servando.

"This is murder. Fraternities should not be legalized especially in schools," the governor added.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 04, 2014.

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