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Philippine Catholic educators hit hazing in educational institutions

CEAP called on member-schools to continue to promote a “culture of respect, compassion, inclusivity, and Christ-centeredness"

Philippine Catholic educators this week condemned what they described as the continued prevalence of hazing in educational institutions following the death of a student in a Catholic university in Manila.

In a statement posted on CBCP News, the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) said that hazing has no place in society, especially in Catholic learning communities.

“We believe these acts have no place in our educational institutions and do not represent the Gospel values of Catholic education,” said Sister Ma. Marissa Viri, RVM, CEAP president.

“Such heinous acts not only endanger the lives of our students but also go against our mission of promoting solidarity and transformative Catholic education for our learners,” she said.

The Catholic organization was reacting to the death of alleged hazing victim John Matthew Salilig, a student of Adamson University in Manila, a Catholic institution.

The 24-year-old chemical engineering student died after allegedly undergoing a Tau Gamma Phi fraternity initiation rite in the province of Laguna.

Salilig, who had been reported missing since February 18, was found dead— and buried — in Imus, Cavite on February 28.

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Authorities have so far arrested and charged at least six fraternity members tagged in the death of Salilig, who was laid to rest in his hometown in Zamboanga City on March 4.

In its statement, CEAP called on member-schools to continue to promote a “culture of respect, compassion, inclusivity, and Christ-centeredness where all students can feel safe and supported.”

It also urged all parties involved to cooperate with authorities in the investigation of the incident and to ensure that justice is served.

“May this tragedy serve as a sobering reminder of the need for continued vigilance against all forms of violence and abuse in our schools,” said Sister Viri.

“We call on our brothers and sisters in the CEAP community to continue offering prayers to the victim, the bereaved family, and the entire Adamson University community,” she added.

The Adamson University earlier assured cooperation with the authorities as it conducts its own investigation into the incident.

“Rest assured, we will not allow anything to come amiss,” it said in a separate statement.

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