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UP condemns frat brawl, vows ‘severe’ penalties

The administration of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman on Thursday condemned the on-campus brawl that involved at least 25 members of the school's Upsilon Sigma Phi and Alpha Phi Beta fraternities.

At least three individuals ended up in the infirmary after the fight broke out in Palma Hall past 5:30 Wednesday afternoon.

The next day, UP chancellor Michael Tan said the incident was being investigated and that charges will be filed against those criminally liable.

He added that "severe" penalties for the frat-related violence may include expulsion.

The university head also raised concern over the CCTV footage of the incident being released "without proper authorization."

"This unauthorized release is being investigated and highlights why we need to enforce the Data Privacy Law: CCTV footage, in the wrong hands, can lead to speculation and violation of due process," Tan said.

In his statement, Tan lamented the "irony" of the brawl taking place on the same day the UP Fighting Maroons earned a spot in the final four of the UAAP men's basketball tournament for the first time in 21 years.

"The victory would not have been possible without the widespread support of all sectors, most especially Nowheretogobutup, an alumni group where Upsilon Sigma Phil, Alpha Phi Beta and all the other fraternities of UP Diliman have been key players, working together to support our athletes," he said.



— Margaret Claire Layug/BM, GMA News