University Student Council (USC) chair JP delas Nieves was expelled from UP Alyansa, his political party, for refusing to honor an agreement to resign from his fraternity, Upsilon Sigma Phi, should the frat be involved in any incident of violence.
Two weeks ago, members of Upsilon were arrested after being involved in at least one violent attack on members of Alpha Sigma, another fraternity. As a result, the USC put Nieves under preventative suspension, and held investigations into the incident. During this investigation, Nieves positively identified those who were arrested as members of Upsilon.
However, he did not resign from Upsilon, triggering the expulsion from Alyansa.
Part of Alyansa's official statement goes:
For his part, Nieves stressed that he still believes in his fraternity's overall goals, as he stated,"By refusing to resign from his fraternity, we question whether his highest affiliation remains to be the USC, or the fraternity he is a part of. We question whether his loyalty still lies with the students, or with his fraternity brothers. We stay true to our word. Therefore, as of July 2, 2015, USC Chairperson JP delas Nieves is officially expelled from UP ALYANSA.”
Ngunit hindi ako magbibitiw sa Upsilon dahil ako ay patuloy na naniniwala sa adhikain ng aking fraternity na nagsusulong ng kagalingan at paglilingkod ng para sa pag-unlad ng pamayanan.
(However, I will not resign from Upsilon because I still believe in its goals that promote excellence and service for the betterment of the community.)Of course, he glosses over the fact that his fraternity has been involved in a number of violent incidents, either against other frats or against their own initiates, which raises the question as to whether the fraternity truly has the "betterment of the community" in mind.
If Nieves' expulsion from Alyansa wasn't enough, USC councilor Allan Pangilinan filed impeachment charges against Nieves yesterday, citing Nieves for "willful violation of the Constitution," "gross neglect of duty," and "misconduct that undermines the integrity of the council." Based on the Rappler report, I'm not sure, though, what Pangilinan is referring to, although it's probably Nieves' failure to uphold his agreement with his former political party.
Nieves' refusal to honor an agreement is a demonstration of how strong a fraternity's hold is on its members.