MANILA, Philippines- Mariing kinondena ng Commission on Higher Education (CHED) ang hazing at lahat ng iba pang uri ng karahasan sa higher education institutions (HEIs).
Ang posisyon na ito ng CHED ayon kay CHED chairperson Prospero de Vera III ay matapos mamatay umano sa initiation rites ng isang fraternity ang 24-anyos na third year Chemical Engineering student ng Adamson University na si John Matthew Salilig.
Napaulat na may mahigit isang linggo nang nawawala si Salilig nang matagpuang wala nang buhay sa Barangay Malagasang, Imus, Cavite noong Pebrero 28.
“CHED strongly condemns hazing and all forms of violence in our institutions of higher learning. RA 11053 or the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018 was passed into law on 29 June 2018 to strengthen the enforcement of the Anti-Hazing law. CHED will remain steadfast in its unceasing efforts to rid our higher education institutions of hazing and all forms of senseless acts of violence,” ayon kay de Vera.
Samantala, pinuri naman ni de Vera ang mabilis na pagkilos ng Department of Justice kung saan kinalampag nito ang National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) at ipinag-utos na bilisan ang imbestigasyon.
“We commend Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla for ordering the NBI to conduct a parallel investigation on the case. We urge the police to expedite its own investigation so the proper charges can be filed against the perpetrators,” dagdag na wika ni de Vera.