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Sen. Gatchalian renews call for new anti-hazing law after LPU hazing incident

Senator Win Gatchalian gestures to give emphasis on his talking points at a recent Senate committee hearing. The lawmaker reiterates the need to pass the New Anti-Hazing Law following yet another incident of hazing to an 18-year old female student in a Manila university. (Photo by Mark Cayabyab)

Senator Win Gatchalian has renewed his call to pass a revamped anti-hazing legislation in the wake of a recent hazing incident which sent an eighteen year-old female student of the Lyceum of the Philippines in Manila to the hospital for injuries sustained from physical and mental abuse suffered at the hands of alleged members of a sorority unofficially affiliated with the school.

“Hazing has absolutely no place in modern society. We must replace the twenty-year old law by passing a new one with more teeth to bring offenders to justice,” said Gatchalian, principal author of Senate Bill No. 199, the Anti-Hazing Act of 2016.

If passed into law, Gatchalian’s bill would repeal and replace Republic Act No. 8049, the Anti-Hazing Law of 1995.

Gatchalian noted that this recent hazing incident was especially troubling because the victim was alleged forced to undergo hazing against her will after she was harassed into joining the sorority.

“Violent youth who subject their fellow students to such debased treatment must be punished to the full extent of the law, and the law should provide for absolutely zero tolerance for hazing in any school, community, or organization,” said Gatchalian.