National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Superintendent
Edgar Aglipay wants joint mobile patrols between the University of the
Philippines' (UP) police and the Central Police District (CPD) inside the
493-hectare campus of the state university in Diliman, Quezon City as a
security measure against fraternity violence.
"I am meeting with UP president Dr. Francisco Nemenzo about this," said
Aglipay. "I want to assure him that we have no intention at all of curtailing
academic freedom of the university, which is also my alma mater.
Earlier, Nemenzo has vehemently rejected what he said was "any suggestion to
undermine the integrity of the campus."
Aglipay, who finished his Masters in Business Administration in UP, told a
group of STAR reporters over dinner Friday night that he could not understand
why university officials are averse to the idea of having mobile police patrols
In his UP days, Aglipay joined the now defunct UP Plebian brotherhood -- a
group that counts among its members Sen. Renato Cayetano and Supreme Court
Chief Justice Hilario Davide.
"If they want a clear deterrent to fraternity violence, they should consider
this seriously," he said. "I also want to dialogue with various student groups
on the state university to assure them that it is far from our intention to
intrude into their political affairs."
Aglipay made the proposal in the wake of a bloody scuffle on campus last week
between the warring Alpha Phi Beta and Sigma Rho fraternities, which killed a
student and injured three others.
Until now, police have yet to establish who really killed 20-year-old APB
member Den Daniel Reyes, who died of multiple stab wounds during a rumble near
the UP Law Center.
Wounded in the scuffle were Sigma Rhoans Gil Taway IV, Marshall Rongo and
Fulgencio "Bibit" Factoran III, son of former Department of Environment and
Natural Resources Secretary Fulgencio Factoran Jr. The Central Police District
(CPD) had established a liaison office with the UP Diliman Police last year
after the cold-blooded murder of journalism student Niño Calinao last
February in yet another case of fraternity-related violence.
But Aglipay said the arrangement is not enough a deterrent to fraternity
rumbles and other crimes on campus, insisting that strong police presence in
now needed. The undermanned-UP police is the only police force in the country
independent of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
At the Kapihan sa Sulo yesterday, UP Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Tessa
Jasminez disclosed that representatives from the Sigma Rho and Alpha Phi Beta
fraternities were expected to declare a formal truce in campus to prevent
further violence between the two groups. - Gina Tabonares