Panelo: Death of UP student leader should “serve as gentle reminder to extend kindness, patience, understanding”

(Eagle News)–The death of a University of the Philippines student leader after he was implicated in a hazing incident should “serve as a gentle reminder to everyone to extend kindness, patience and understanding to all.”

This is according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, who is also a member of the Sigma Rho fraternity of which the deceased, who was not identified by UP, was a member.

Panelo said this was all the more important, “especially as we are now in the age of interactive computer-mediated technology.”

“The Office of the President wishes to express its sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, classmates, and loved ones of the deceased for the tragic loss,” Panelo said.

On Sunday, Sept. 29, the Office of the Chancellor at UP Diliman announced the death of the student leader, who was being subjected to administrative action after screenshots of his supposed conversation with some  other frat  members revealed a hazing incident had taken place.

The screenshots came with the picture of arms that had been badly bruised.

The Office of the Chancellor in UP Diliman urged all students, faculty and staff and other concerned parties to “stop posting and forwarding social media messages” related to the death of the deceased frat member.

“Let us do this out of decency and respect for the privacy of the family,” the office said.

“Sensationalism is itself a form of violent assault and is not a solution to the fraternity culture of violence,” it added.