by Charina Clarisse Echaluce
The 18-year-old grandson of Senator Kiko Pangilinan was beaten up by fraternity members inside the Adamson University.
Robert Pangilinan, a third year Hotel Management student at Adamson, went to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and recounted how members of the Tau Gamma Phi fraternity allegedly beat him up while other students watched last August 7. He said he was just able to run away.
Robert told the NBI that the frat members have been harassing him since last year.
“They always bullied him, binabatukan ng mga members every time they see him. He was recruited by the fraternity with the promise that they will never hurt him. He joined the frat but the group did not stop,” said Robert’s mother, Marissa.
One of Robert’s teachers said he is a “good student with high grades and was very jolly, until the frat began bullying him.”
“Wala naman kami magagawa dito sa school, at malimit nangyayari pag-bully ng mga Tau Gamma dito. Better magpahinga muna at lipat na lang siya ng school. We also fear for his life (We cannot do anything about it and Tau Gamma members have always been involved in bullying incidents in this school. It would be better if he take a break and just transfer to another school. We also fear for his life),” said the teacher.
The family tried to contact the college dean but got no response from the school administration.
The family said cases of grave threat and serious physical injury will be filed against 15 members of the fraternity.
NBI Bureau Head Agent Palmer Mallari gave the assurance of investigating the matter immediately.
“We beg the Adamson community to help us on this case, our son is not the only one who is bullied and tinatakot ng mga frat na yan. There is no brotherhood and camaraderie,” said Marissa.
Senator Pangilinan confirmed to the Manila Bulletin that the victim is his grandson by way of his half cousin.
“Half cousin ko tatay ni Robbie. ‘Yong tatay anak ng half brother ng father ko,” he said in a text message.
The Manila Bulletin tried to get the side of the Tau Gamma from Adamson but got not response, as of press time.