Samahang Ilokano Global Alumni Council (SIGAC) National Chairperson Mark Anthony Baliton sternly warns the organization’s members against hazing.
“Do not violate the anti-hazing law,” he stressed in his message to the delegates of the SIGAC National Executive Council meeting held in Baguio City last Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017.
“The group will not tolerate violators of the law,” he added.
Baliton stressed, “If any members violate the anti-hazing law, we (the national council) will not help you.”
Baliton issued the warning on the note that a law student from the University of Sto. Tomas recently died, a victim of hazing during their fraternity rights.
The death of Horacio “Atio” Tomas Castillo III at the hands of alleged members of the Aegis Juris law fraternity is now subject to a Senate inquiry and brought up possible amendments to the country’s Anti-Hazing Law.
According to Baliton, Barangay Chairman Benjie Macadangdang, SIGAC-Baguio-Benguet Council chairman, is currently designing new rules and regulations for “service” guidelines before being accepted to the fraternity.
Baliton said SIGAC will no longer honor its age long practice initiation or hazing, instead, new recruits or neophytes will be obliged to do public service before becoming a full pledged member of the fraternity. SIGAC press release / ABN
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