MANILA - Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III warned Wednesday fraternity violence will persist if schools do not impose "vise-like" regulatory policies and stricter monitoring of fraternities and sororities.
The Anti-Hazing Law, enacted in 1995, has failed to deter fratmen from using physical violence against neophytes, as in the case of the fatal hazing of University of Santo Tomas law freshman Horacio Castillo III, Pimentel said.
A law graduate of the University of the Philippines where fraternities and sororities are officially recognized, Pimentel said school authorities should make compliance to the Anti-Hazing Law a prerequisite to the recognition of campus organizations.
"University and college officials should recognize fraternities and similar organizations so they can be subject to regulation. They should then be extremely strict about requiring fraternities to submit a list of their officers and members, as well as their activities for the semester or school year," he said.
Under the law, initiation rites are allowed if organizations have secured a written notice from school officials 7 days before their activity. At least 2 school representatives are required to attend the rites and ensure that no violence is used.
"If fraternities do not meet these requirements, then they should not be recognized and should have no business operating inside the campus," the Senate chief said.
"If school authorities receive information that these groups continue to defy their rules and regulations, then they should not hesitate to sanction erring students with suspension––or even heavier penalties."
The 22-year-old Castillo was found dead after an apparent Aegis Jvris fraternity hazing. His death has spurned separate House and Senate inquiries seeking to overhaul the Anti-Hazing Law.