President Rodrigo Duterte said during his press conference prior to his departure for official visit to the Russian Federation that he was hospitalized for three days due to hazing.
“I don’t know what, but that is a permanent insanity sa mga ganun. Lahat kami dumaan ng – me, I’d like to tell you, I was hospitalized for three days, massive hematoma,” President Duterte said when asked regarding hazing.
“Then at one time, in our – ako, si Justice Santos ng Supreme Court, at saka si Bambit Mendoza, another classmate of mine, dalawa ‘yan sila – we wrote our fraternity and asked earnestly to do away with the physical. Wala rin eh. Hindi mo talaga maalis ‘yan,” he added.
“You know ikaw pumasok ka, ‘pag nahuli ka, sorry ka. Hindi mo talaga matanggal ‘yan, ma’am. Unless you ban fraternity for all time. Make it a criminal offense by joining a fraternity. But that would raise so many constitutional issues. Hindi mo talaga mapigilan ‘yan,” he said.
“Prangka-prangka na, hindi mo maalis ‘yan. ‘Wag lang sumobra. Ayan sinobrahan mo. You know, there are rules to follow. You break the rules, you go to jail. Ganun lang ‘yan. Or you die. Those are simple matters in life. But hazing? Hindi mo maalis ‘yan,” President Duterte said.