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Senate ratifies bicam report on hazing bill

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 3/12/2018 Kaufman, Karl
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The Senate on Monday adopted and ratified the bicameral conference committee on the proposed measure seeking to provide harsher penalties against hazing and attempts to cover it up.

The joint congressional committee reconciled the disagreeing provisions of the bills submitted by the Senate and House of Representatives late last month.

Senator Panfilo Lacson earlier said the measure will increase the penalty on hazing and those who will attempt to cover it up.

"Kasi sa old law nag-rely lang sa Revised Penal Code ang accessory after the crime. Ito in-incorporate na namin sa Anti-Hazing Law ang cover-up," he said.

He said fraternity officials and members who did not participate in the actual hazing but were present when it happened will be meted the same penalty as those who actually committed the hazing.

"Tinaasan ng maximum penalty ng prision correccional. Tinaasan ang lahat na penalties including those who did not actually participate but were present," Lacson said.

"Tapos tinaas din ang level ng penalty sa officers. Even if they did not actually participate but their mere presence being officers, parang katumbas na sila sa actually nag-participate. Meaning reclusion perpetua na ‘yan," he added.

He said the lawmakers dedicated the proposed law to Horacio Castillo III, a University of Santo Tomas law freshman who was allegedly killed in a hazing by members of the Aegies Juris Fraternity.

"Sabi ko nga sa bicam, the whole parliamentary exercise na ginawa at least sa Senate, talagang dedicated 'yan kay Atio Castillo III,” he said.

After ratification, the proposed measure will be sent to the Office of the President for his action. The President may sign or veto the bill. If the President does not act on it, the bill will automatically become a law after 15 days. —KBK, GMA News

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