San Beda condoles with Marcos family

1 August 2012

The San Beda College said it will remain "vigilant" in monitoring the activities of all students even when they are out-of-campus after the death of another Law student Marc Andre Marcos in alleged hazing incident.

In an official statement issued on Wednesday night, San Beda said that "while it is not physically possible to monitor the activities of all students especially when they are out-of-campus, the San Beda College shall remain vigilant."

SBC added that its entire community "prayerfully joins the family" of Marcos in commending "him to the love of the Heavenly Father and peace of His Kingdom". "The college offers spiritual support and is prepared to provide all other forms of assistance to Marc's family during this most difficult time," the statement said.

San Beda reiterated that it "does not approve or countenance membership in any clandestine organization, which employs, as part of its ceremonies or other practices, any act that results in injury to any person, through intimidation, violence, reckless imprudence or coercion."

The school's administration, the statement added, requires every student, as a condition for enrolment, to sign an undertaking not to join fraternities or sororities. "The contract strongly prohibits membership in these organizations and clearly enumerates the reasons for the prohibition."

San Beda said that students are repeatedly reminded of the adverse effects of fraternities or sororities during student orientation and through campus-wide notices and student handbooks. "The school policy also explicitly states that recruitment to these organizations is an administrative offense," the statement said.

It also assured that it "will fully cooperate with the proper authorities and provide the necessary assistance in order to bring justice to Marc and his family."

With regards to the death of Marcos, SBC said that "it has informed a panel of inquiry, and, with proper observance of due process is committed to impose sanctions including expulsion from the school, on those found responsible."

In solidarity with Marcos' family and in memory as well of another Bedan student, Marvin Reglos who also died early this year from hazing, San Beda will hold "a school-wide para-liturgy and candlelight vigil" tomorrow.