The Commission on Human Rights has launched an inquiry into the death of a grade 10 student in San Enrique, Negros Occidental.
Local police said it was investigating three fraternity members connected to the death of the 18-year-old student who died of hematoma on September 9 after undergoing alleged hazing.
Lieutenant Sammy Gasataya, deputy chief of the San Enrique police, said authorities recovered a wooden paddle allegedly used in the hazing at the house of one of the suspects. Investigation revealed the suspects recruited the victim in March.
CHR spokesperson Jacqueline Ann de Guia flagged the circumstances surrounding the student’s death as “alarming,” adding, the “CHR has always held a strong stance against hazing and its consequences.”
The suspects denied they had a hand in the death of the victim. But the victim reportedly told his parents that the three had hit him with a paddle before he died.