April 26, 2018, 7:20 pm
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End of frat hazing deaths?

SHOULDN’T a judge not just be fired by the SC, but also prosecuted, convicted for suspiciously self-serving misapplication of the law?

RA 8049: “An Act Regulating Hazing and Other Forms of Initiation Rites… and providing penalties therefor. Section 1. Hazing, as used in this Act, is an initiation rite or practice as a prerequisite for admission into membership in a fraternity, sorority, or organization, by placing the recruit, neophyte or applicant into some… physical… suffering or injury.” 

Judge Perla C. Faller of Cavite Regional Trial Court Branch 90, gave a 22-page verdict freeing the assailants. Her judgment released 14 months after a hazing death of the San Beda College law freshmen Marc Andre Marcos, dead. 

Judge Faller’s verdict: “…Members of the Lex Leonum fraternity who were accused in the death of [Marcos] due to hazing has been dismissed for lack of collaborative evidence…. While admittedly there may be some physical infliction on the neophyte, [witness] statements failed to establish that the accused had conspired to inflict fatal injuries on Marcos…. No one is to blame for the death of Marcos.” What???

Marcos, a healthy, robust 21-year-old, was beaten by vicious Lex Leonum fraternity members, until all of Marcos’s body’s vital signs stopped. He was dumped, left at a hospital emergency. The law, RA 8049 is “to provide penalties for any initiation that places the recruit in some physical suffering or injury.” Judge Paller could not see that Marcos was placed in “some physical suffering or injury” that caused his death.

Marcos was not only left with physical suffering or injury. Marcos was left dead by those Lex Leonum San Beda fraternity members. Judge Perla Faller needed to see a “fraternity conspiracy to kill Marcos.”

This judge saw Marcos’ death as Marcos’ own decision; the victim’s choice to die, and his dying had nothing to do with the Lex Leonum members’ vicious assaults. The judge’s verdict was that it was Marcos’s will to die after being beaten mercilessly. The judge saw that the victim’s death in the hands of his fraternity brothers-to-be was not by conspiracy. So, they are not guilty. 

What Judge Faller was looking for was evidence that the Lex Leonum fraternity of San Beda College held a meeting; at this meeting, the leaders unanimously agreed, preferably in writing, to kill the neophyte Marcos. With such evidence, Judge Faller would find the LexLeonum leaders guilty. 

Today, Judge Faller is regretting whatever motivated her to free the guilty. The Supreme Court didn’t like her decision, fired her, deprived her of her retirement benefits for her ignorance of the law in the tragic and senseless death of Lex Leonum recruit, San Beda College law freshman Marc Andre Marcos.

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Dahliaspillera@yahoo.com
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