FOUR law students were wounded during a rumble in Ermita, Manila, between two opposing fraternities both engaged in bar operations.
Rushed to and treated at the San Juan de Dios Hospital were Arellano University students Ramon Gicos, 25, of Sampaloc, Manila; and Jeherson Ayong, 33, of Guadalupe, Makati City; Ron Resurrecion, 28, of the De La Salle University; and Carmelo Galte, 25, of the New Era University. All of them are reportedly members of the Gamma Delta Espsilon Fraternity and sustained wounds and injuries in the body.
Apart from them, also being investigated by the Manila Police District-General Assignment and Investigation Section (MPD-GAIS) are seven members of Aeges Juris Fraternity namely, Von Paulo Anonuevo, Arvin Balag, Ralph Trangia, Marcelino Bagtang, Joshua Joriel Macabali, Mhin Wei Chan and Justin Carlos Garcia.
Chief Insp. Arsenio Riparip, head of the said section, said the rumble took place at around 4 a.m. outside the Manila Hotel where the Aeges Juris Fraternity members are said to be billeted.
The victims, who are reportedly staying at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City, allegedly trooped to the Manila Hotel and a rumble erupted between the two groups, said to be actively involved in the bar operations. It was learned that the said fraternities have been at odds for quite sometime already.
Law graduates are currently taking the bar exams at the tightly-guarded University of Santo Tomas (UST). Said exams are traditionally held on four Sundays of November.
The Aeges Juris Fraternity members told investigators that they have all been expelled from the UST and while some were already able to transfer to other universities, some remain under investigation.
They added that the members of their rival fraternity were about 15 and accompanied by a lawyer when they went to the Manila Hotel to start a riot.
It was learned that both groups are filing charges against each other.