Duterte signs law that bans hazing in all forms

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 11 2018 04:01 PM

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure that bans hazing in all forms, House of Representatives majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas said Wednesday. 

Republic Act 11053 or the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018, which is an amendment of the 1995 version, also imposes higher penalties for those who will be proved guilty of hazing. 

Congress last March ratified the bill following the hearings on the death of hazing victim Horacio "Atio" Castillo III, a University of Santo Tomas law freshman.

The 22-year-old died of heart attack after sustaining "massive injuries" from the beating he received during the initiation rites of fraternity Aegis Jvris. 

More updates to follow.--report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News