Make your own free website on Tripod.com

TAU GAMMA PHI TRISKELION GRAND FRATERNITY

Newsletter

Home
Chapter History
Fraternity History
Fraternity Profile
Triskelion Doctrines
Leadership Principles
Feature Articles
Links
Gallery
Newsletter

Fraternity Violence

Fraternities comprise only a fraction of the total number of student organizations. Yet the violence that has time and again erupted from their folds has tainted the reputation of the country's premier university.  Before the 1990s, deaths resulting from fraternity hazing and rumbles were few and far between.  Recently, these have alarmingly become more frequent. In 1992, fraternity hazing under Scintilla Juris resulted in the death of Joselito Hernandez, a student of UP Baguio.Two years later, a rumble between Scintilla Juris and Sigma Rho snuffed the life of Dennis Venturina, a senior Public Administration student and chair of the CPA council.  

In 1995, Mark Roland Martin died during initiation conducted by the Epsilon Chi.

YEAR

NAME

FRATERNITY

1954

Albert, Gonzalo Mariano

Upsilon Sigma Phi

1967

Tabtab, Ferdinand

Alpha Phi Omega

1984

Liwag, Arbel

Beta Sigma

1992

Hernandez, Joselito

Scintilla Juris

1995

Martin, Mark Roland

Epsilon Chi

1998

Icasiano, Alexaner Miguel

Alpha Phi Beta

Table 1. Fraternity Details due to hazing

In 1998, hazing once again claimed another victim, Alexander Miguel Icasiano of Alpha Phi Beta.

It was only last year when Mass Comm student Niņo Calinao died in the hands of   hired killers.  He was not a member of any fraternity. But on the day of the fatal slaying, he happened to be seated near a fraternity tambayan.  Students believe that it was a case of mistaken identity.  The case remains unsolved to this day.This year, on the very night a concert was being held in memory of Niņo Calinao, fraternity violence claimed the life of another young student, Den Daniel Reyes of Alpha Phi Beta.  This same February 10 incident also resulted in the injury of three Sigma Rhoans.

YEAR

NAME

FRATERNITY

1969

Perez, Rolando

Upsilon Sigma Phi

1977

Abad, Rolando

Alpha Phi Omega

1994

Venturina, Dennis

Sigma Rho

2000

Reyes, Den Daniel

Alpha Phi Beta

Table 2. Fraternity Deaths due to Rumbles

Members of the UP community are disturbed by the increasing number of deaths caused by either fraternity initiation rites or fraternity wars.  The death of Den Daniel Reyes came at a time when the UP community had come together to organize a protest rally against the UP budget cut.  In a dialogue he conducted with students and faculty last February 17,   President Francisco Nemenzo expressed his sentiments against the fraternities involved: 

"By their action, by undermining our efforts at this critical moment, I think these two fraternities have alienated themselves from the UP community.  I don’t think we should consider them still part of the UP community.  I think we should ostracize their members.  I think they do not belong to UP Diliman.  I think they belong to Muntinlupa."

Based on a report made by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, fraternities comprise only 5% of the 239 accredited university-based student organizations.  For schoolyear 1999-2000, 12 university based and 5 college-based fraternities have been given recognition: Alpha Phi Beta, Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Sigma, Artists Circle, Beta Epsilon, Beta Sigma, Epsilon Chi, Gamma Sigma Pi, Latagaw Brotherhood, Pan Xenia, Sigma Epsilon, Sigma Kappa Pi, Sigma Rho, Tau Alpha, Tau Rho Xi and Upsilon Sigma Phi.  Recognition by the university entitles these fraternities to conduct projects and activities, use university resources and tambayans.

The report also lists fraternity confrontations from January 1991 to February 2000:

Pairs of Fraternities 

1991-94

*1995-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

Sigma Rho vs  Upsilon Sigma Phi

19

2

2

0

0

Tau Gamma Phi vs

Alpha Phi Omega

8

1

0

0

0

Alpha Phi Beta vs Scintilla Juris

6

0

1

0

0

Sigma Rho vs Alpha Phi Beta

5

0

  1

0

1

Alpha Phi Beta vs Alpha Sigma

4

1

1

0

0

Beta Epsilon vs Tau Alpha

4

0

2

0

1

Sigma Rho vs Beta Sigma

4

0

0

0

  0

Brotherhood of Filipinos vs Latagaw Brotherhood

3

0

0

0

0

Pi Sigma vs Alpha Sigma

3

0

1

0

0

Sigma Rho vs Scintilla Juris

3

0

0

1

  0

Scintilla Juris vs Pi Sigma

2

0

0

  0

0

Scintilla Juris vs Vanguard Fraternity

2

0

0

0

  0

Tau Gamma Phi vs Sigma Kappa Pi

2

0

0

0

0

Tau Gamma Phi vs Epsilon Chi

2

0

0

0

0

Alpha Phi Beta vs

Tau Gamma Phi

1

0

0

0

0

Alpha Phi Omega vs Upsilon Sigma Phi

1

0

0

0

0

Alpha Phi Omega vs Beta Sigma

1

0

0

0

  0

Beta Epsilon vs EMC2

1

0

  0

0

0

Beta Sigma vs Scintilla Juris

1

0

0

0

0

Epsilon Chi vs Tau Alpha

1

0

0

0

0

Scintilla Juris vs

Alpha Phi Omega

1

0

0

0

0

Sigma Rho vs Tau Gamma Phi

1

0

0

0

  0

Tau Gamma Phi vs Tau Alpha

1

0

0

0

0

Upsilon Sigma Phi vs Vanguard Fraternity

1

0

0

0

0

Brotherhood of Filipinos vs Pi Sigma

0

1

0

0

    0

Alpha Sigma vs Sigma Kappa Pi

0

0

1

0

0

Beta Sigma vs Alpha Sigma

0

0

1

0

0

Pi Sigma vs Tau Gamma Phi

0

  0

1

0

0

EMC2 vs Fishball Boys

0

0

0

1

0

Upsilon Sigma Phi vs Scintilla Juris

0

0

0

1

0

Gamma Sigma Pi vs Scintilla Juris

0

0

0

1

0

Sigma Rho vs Pi Sigma

0

0

0

0

1

Alpha Phi Omega vs Demolay

0

  0

0

0

1

Beta Sigma vs Pi Sigma

0

0

  0

0

1

Unidentified protagonists

0

  17

  0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

78

22

11

4

5

TABLE 3. Fraternity Confrontation

Table 3 of the OVCSA report shows the frequency of fraternity rumbles covering the period January 1991 to February 2000.  The data covering the period 1991-1994 comes from the study of Dr. Ricardo Zarco and Dr. Donald Shoemaker.  The OVCSA also noted that although there were only 5 rumbles reported during the period 1995 to 1996, there were actually 22  fraternity-related cases filed at the SDT.

Table 3 indicates an apparent decline in the number of violent incidents between warring fraternities.  But what the table does not show is that two of the few incidents recorded from 1994 to February 2000 resulted in deaths.

University-Fraternity Efforts
The University has not been lacking in efforts to curb fraternity-related violence. The OVCSA report revealed that as early as the 1950s, an Interfraternity Council was already established in the University. In 1979, the UP-Interfrat Council (UP-IFC) was formally organized under then Dean of Students, Oscar L. Evangelista.

In 1994, an Inter-Fraternity/Sorority Alumni Council (IFSAC) was established to foster better relations among fraternities and sororities.

In November 1996, the UP Diliman VCSA became more active in initiating in undertaking major initiatives to help find solutions to the nagging problem of campus inter-fraternity violence.  Some of these initiatives include:

· Preparation of a data-base on fraternity-related cases;

· Inter-fraternity meetings to promote camaraderie among members of different fraternities;

· Inter-fraternity activities such as the signing of a peace accord, involvement in outreach programs of Pahinungod; establishment of the INTERFRAT NETWORK; creation of the UP fraternity community which resulted in the launching of the UP frat.com last June 18, 1999;

· Consultation with the UP Barkada, a group of fraternity alumni;

· Mediation in times of inter-fraternity conflicts.

In the February 17 dialogue, President Nemenzo stressed that helping solve fraternity violence is the responsibility of  all members of the U.P. community.  As he said, "We have to face these rascals as a community… don’t leave this only to the administrators or to the police to solve this problem and to prevent its recurrence." (TG Maceda and Levi Lusterio