President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act 11053, amending and strengthening Republic Act 8049 or the law banning hazing and regulating all other initiation rites of fraternities, sororities, and other organizations.
The new law will be called Anti-Hazing Act of 2018 wherein only initiation rites will be allowed. Initiation rites remains a non-hazing ritual.
The law also states that organizations need to seek permission from the school seven days prior to the initiation rites and the event should not go beyond three days.
The new law also amended the penalty to be imposed to whoever is found guilty of participating in any hazing activity, depending on the severity it cause the victim.
If it leads to death, rape, sodomy or mutilation of any part of the victim’s body, a penalty of reclusion perpetua or life imprisonment with a fine of up to Php 3 million awaits whoever is directly involved in the crime.
School authorities, faculty members, barangays, municipals and other city officials will also be made liable as accomplices and will be facing administrative cases if proven that they allowed the hazing to take place.
Meanwhile, the President is also set to sign into law the Bangsamoro Basic Law before his third State of the Nation Address on July 23.
President Duterte served as the middle man during a deadlock at the Bicameral Conference Committee during the final discussion of the said bill.
According to Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, the President was able to convince the two houses of Congress to adopt the version of the Lower House.
With the lower house’s version, six municipalities of Lanao Del Norte, and 39 barangays of North Cotabato may be allowed to vote on the Referendum on their ‘mother territory’ to be counted in BBL territory.
President Duterte insisted that the provisions found in the Lower House’s version are constitutional.
In line with this, Roque said that there is no longer a reason not to ratify the BBL.