Stronger law needed against hazing, Sotto says
MANILA, Philippines - Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III on Tuesday reiterated his call for a stronger law against hazing in light of a San Beda law student who allegedly died after undergoing illegal initiation rites at the hands of a fraternity.
"Matitigas ang ulo," he said of people who engage in hazing. "Therefore, tigasan din natin [ang batas]. Tibayan natin."
Early this year, Sotto proposed that anyone who participates in hazing must be sentenced to life imprisonment regardless of the victim's condition.
He filed a bill seeking to amend Republic Act 8049, the country's anti-hazing law.
The senator lamented that his proposed measure has not moved forward yet.
"Huli na tayo lagi kung umaksyon," he said.
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile believes, however, that the law is already enough. But the problem is enforcement, he said.