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Female Lyceum student hurt in hazing rites

An 18-year-old student of Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) is currently recuperating in a hospital after sustaining bruises and burns during hazing rites held by her sorority, GMA News' Oscar Oida reported on "24 Oras" on Tuesday.

The report said the hazing happened on January 7 at an abandoned house in Las Piñas.

"Pinaddle na siya ng pinaddle kaya yung kanyang hita talagang black and blue talaga. Tapos yung likod niya pinaso ng kandila. Tapos yung palo sa kanya ng sinturon mahigit singkuwenta," said Charisma Alilio, mother of "Anna," the victim.

"Nung ma-hazing siya, nag-blackout na siya. Before siya mag-blackout ang pinakamasakit na, bilang magulang na narinig ko, pag namatay 'yan isako na lang," she added.

According to Alilio, her daughter was just forced to join the sorority.

"Pinatungo siya. Pagkatungo niya, binasahan na siya ng ewan ko kung ano yung ano ng kanilang sorority. Pagkatapos nun sabi, 'O, drop or die na ito. Di ka na puwedeng makawala...'," she said.

Although her platelet count was low, Anna was in stable condition at the hospital, the report said.

Alilio said she would file charges against the more than 40 schoolmates of her daughter involved in the hazing.

"Itong laban kong ito hindi lamang para sa anak ko 'to. Para sa lahat ng estudyante ng Lyceum na puwede pa maging biktima. Dahil kung hindi ako lalaban, sino pa ang lalaban?" she said.

The incident is already being investigated by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).

Alilio, accompanied by policemen, also filed a complaint with LPU administration.

In a statement, LPU, which has offered assistance to the victim's family, said fraternities and sororities are not allowed in the university.

"We do not recognize any fraternity or sorority in Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU). Neither does LPU tolerate nor condone violence of any kind. The institution had no knowledge of this activity and as such, this was not a school sponsored activity," it said.

The Manila Police District (MPD) is also looking into the incident, the report said.

"Inutusan ko yung aking PCP commander to coordinate with the school officials para magkaroon kami ng programa on how to deal with these fraternities," said Supt. Romeo Desiderio, commander of Station 5. —KBK, GMA News