House panel endorses revisions to anti-hazing law to plenary

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 27 2017 05:26 PM

MANILA- The House Committee on Justice has endorsed to the plenary a substitute bill that seeks to fully outlaw hazing and regulate initiation rites in fraternities, sororities, and organizations.

The endorsement comes amid public outrage over the fatal hazing of University of Santo Tomas law freshman Horacio Castillo III.

The proposed measure expands the definition of hazing to cover psychological injuries to the victim and defines initiation and 
initiation rites which are not present in the current law.

Under the measure, perpetrators of hazing are not exempted from penalties even with the consent of the victim.

The bill also imposes certain requirements prior to any initiation rite such as the submission of a medical certificate by those subjected to initiation, monitoring of initiation rites, registration of fraternities and sororities with schools, and registration with the local government unit if the group is community-based.

A faculty adviser shall be assigned to fraternities and sororities to monitor their activities.

No one objected when a motion was made for the committee to adopt the bill.

Prosecution under this proposed law will not bar prosecution for other offenses. 

The bill will also allow a judge to impose the penalty of life imprisonment on hazing cases.