SOL Legal Aid Center named after Tarlaqueño hazing victim
Tarlac State University - School of Law initiated the blessing of the Legal Aid Center named after Marc Andre Marcos, slain victim of fraternity hazing at the then San Beda College, on Friday morning (September 25).
The ‘Marc Andrei Marcos Legal Aid Center’ also has a Center for Human Rights Legal Clinic which will be opened to all Tarlaqueños needing legal advice.
According to Atty. Jose De la Rama, SOL dean, students can also put into practice what they have learned when they are given the chance to man and operate the legal aid clinic.
The blessing of the new facility was presided by Rev. Fr. Archie Cortez and attended by Judge Martonino Marcos and Guadalupe Marcos, grandparents of Marcos, along with some TSU officials and SOL student-representatives.
Marcos, a 20-year-old Bedan law freshman from Ramos town of Tarlac, died in July 30, 2012 due to organ failure caused by hematoma after joining the initiation rites of Lex Leonum Fraternitas.
Despite the ill fate of Marcos, Lex Leonum Fraternitas, Inc. vowed to continuously support the TSU-SOL in his memory. They will also donate around 1,000 books to the SOL library.
“I haven’t had the opportunity to meet Andre Marcos but hearing the life that he had lived and hearing the people who have lived close to him, this guy, who would’ve been a lawyer, is a good man; and this guy shall never put to waste. We shall continue his legacy; we shall continue the fire burning in his heart to become a lawyer someday,” said Atty. Don Mendoza, Lex Leonum Fraternitas member who graced the event.
Marcos came from a family of lawyers. He is the nephew of Atty. Marimier Marcos-Rivera, a faculty member of SOL since 2008. During his wake, law students of TSU held a motorcade from Tarlac City to Ramos town to press for justice for Marcos’ death. [Maria Adelaida Calayag]