By Mikhail Franz Flores
An alliance against fraternity-related violence has been reconvened in light of recent rumbles involving members of various University of the Philippines fraternities.
In a statement, the Student-led Anti-Fraternity Related Violence Watch (SAWA), a coalition of student councils and organizations, called on the UP administration to impose disciplinary sanctions on fratmen directly involved in clashes.
The group also recommended a review of UP’s rules on fraternities.
“We are not against fraternities. We are against fraternity-related violence,” UP Alyansa Chairperson Tin Borja said during the alliance’s first meeting on November 18.
She added, “If we want the students to be empowered, [their] environment should be secure and conducive to learning.”
A total of 17 student organizations and councils from different colleges attended the reconvening of SAWA, which was initiated by UP Alyansa.
SAWA was first formed by the National College of Public Administration Student Council in 2007 after the death of Cris Mendez, who died in August 2007 from injuries allegedly sustained during initiation rites.
Fraternity-related violence includes hazing during initiation rites, fraternity wars and rumbles among rival fraternities, and physically attacking non-fraternity students in the university.
The most recent incident was a car chase from the College of Science to the security checkpoint at University Avenue, involving members of Alpha Sigma and Alpha Phi Beta.
The UP Diliman Police said the case will be forwarded to the Student Disciplinary Tribunal.