TOTAL BAN ON HAZING | Duterte signs Anti-Hazing Act of 2018

8 months ago

JULY 11, 2018 – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law an act prohibiting all forms of hazing in fraternities, sororities, and organizations in schools, including citizens’ military training and citizens’ army training.

The law allows initiation rites or practices that do not constitute hazing. A written application to conduct initiation rites shall be made to the proper authorities of the school not later than seven days prior to the scheduled initiation date.

There will also be at least two representatives of the school to be present during the initiation.

Republic Act 11053 or the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018 is an amendment of R.A. 8049 passed in1995. It allowed hazing or initiation rites only if there was prior written notice to the school authorities or head of organizations.

The House of Representatives and the Senate has consolidated Senate Bill No. 1662 and House Bill No. 6573 which was passed earlier this year.

Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, chair of the Senate committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, has pushed for a law banning hazing after the death of University of Santo Tomas law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III last year.

The penalty of reclusion perpetua and a fine of P3 million shall be imposed on those who actually planned or participated in hazing rites that resulted in death, rape, sodomy or mutilation.