Hazing News

Charges filed against the Tau Gamma Eleven in death of Ariel R. Inofre


Excerp from Tempo Newst:

TAGKAWAYAN, Quezon – Police said one of the suspects in the death of a hazing victim surrendered and was charged along with other members of Tau Gamma Fraternity being the implicated in the crime in this town.

Police Inspector Reynaldo Reyes, town police chief, identified the suspect who surrendered as Manuel Munar Jr., a graduating Industrial Technology student of Southern Luzon State University (SLSU), and said to be the Keeper of the Chest of Tau Gamma Fraternity.

Reyes said homicide charges in relation to anti-hazing law were filed at the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor in Calauag town on Nov. 6 against Manuel Munar Jr, Jodel Beringuela, Eric Tonton Buitizon, Joey Bambe alias Joe Bambe, Aljon Bermillo, and six others identified only in their aliases as USA, Jie, Ismael, Thorio, Kalabaw, and Bhn2khie.

They were tagged in the initiation rites that led to the death of neophyte Ariel R. Inofre, 20, a returning SLSU student, of Barangay San Francisco, this town.

Senior Supt. Ronaldo Genaro E. Ylagan, Quezon police director, said a text message that Munar Jr. is being considered as a star witness but this has yet to be confirmed.

Dr. Cecilia Gascon, SLSU president, in a phone interview said that the university does not recognized any fraternity organization in the school.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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