UP President, Diliman Chancellor condemn recent frat violence, misogynistic online chat

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The Administration Building of UP Diliman, aka Quezon Hall, was designed by Juan Nakpil, who was hailed as a National Artist for Architecture in 1973. Photo by RAMON FVELASQUEZ/CC BY-SA 3.0

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 23) — The President of the University of the Philippines and the Chancellor of the Diliman campus issued statements Friday on how the university will deal with fraternity related violence and a leaked online chat filled with misogynistic and hostile comments.

This as students in the Diliman campus continue to reel from the onslaught of fraternity related brawls, an alleged leaked chatlog, and an alleged abduction.

On Thursday night, netizens spoke out about how the handler of the twitter account @iskolarspeaks was allegedly abducted following tweets about how his girlfriend was receiving death threats. Iskolarspeaks tweeted the following message hours later.

"Hey, my dudes. I'm fine. It's nothing more than a busted lip, a slightly more singkit right eye, and a whoozy head. I just need to rest for now," he said. He continues to be mum on the details of what exactly happened to him, and called for netizens to give him time to process his situation.

Alleged leak conversations shared by a now-private twitter @Upsilon100, which featured several misogynistic, racist and hateful statements from alleged Upsilon members may have also stoked the flames of frat related violence, leading two of the University's top officials to issue their respective statements.

"Whatever the source of these reported posts may be, the language and the behavior they contain are reprehensible and totally unacceptable in our community. Such flagrant misogyny has no place in a university dedicated to the highest ideals and the practice of gender equality and human rights," said UP President Danilo Concepcion in a statement.

He also spoke as an alumnus of the Upsilon fraternity.

"It personally pains me for my fraternity, which is celebrating its Centennial, to have been associated with these posts. They do not represent what we have stood for all these years, as they bring us back to the darkness rather than the light," Concepcion said.

He added that he will not not protect his fraternity brothers who may be found culpable of violations in this case.

"We will not tolerate misogyny, sexual harassment, and bullying or any form of violence against women and other groups in this University, and any such offenses will be dealt with to the full extent of our judicial and administrative remedies," Concepcion added.

Concepcion has instructed UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan to expedite the ongoing investigations on the recent campus brawl involving members of Upsilon and rival fraternity Alpha Phi Beta

Brotherhood or Mafia omerta?

For his part, Tan said that following not only the recent frat violence, but also the abduction of IskolarSpeaks, the leaked chatlogs, and calls for class suspensions, the campus has been placed under heightened security alert.

"While our security forces have been on red alert since last week, we will be deploying more security guards and special services brigade (SSB) especially in hot spot areas such as the frat tambayans and colleges with large frat memberships," Tan said in a separate statement.

The chancellor added that they are continuing the investigation on last week's fraternity brawl, and that he is disappointed with how fraternities are addressing the issue. He said that both the Alpha Phi Beta and Upsilon fraternities did not attend the meeting that he called for to explain their sides.

"We expect both Upsilon and Alpha Phi Beta to take stronger and quick action to root out the scalawags in their ranks and to administer disciplinary action, without prejudice to UP's administrative action," Tan said.

He added that these groups should question their concept of fraternity honor given these recent events.

"I also call on these organizations to reexamine their concept of fraternity honor, which seems to be oriented toward protecting brods right or wrong and which comes closer to the Mafia omerta or code of silence, rather than with UP's definition of honor," Tan said.

He reiterated the call for support from faculty, students and alumni. He said they are studying additional punitive measures against the erring fraternity members, including expulsion, criminal charges, and disqualification from entering the University's graduate programs.