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Senator calls for a tougher stance on hazing.

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Sherwin Gatchalian wants a tougher crackdown on hazing because of the high number of instances and deaths.

Following President Duterte’s recent statement that fraternity members inflicting violence on individuals who wish to join their group is not a macho thing to do and that members should practice moderation in their initiation rites, Gatchalian issued this request.

The senator referenced the most recent hazing episode, which occurred in March and resulted in the death of Laguna Grade 12 student Reymarc Rebutazo. Gatchalian reaffirmed his appeal for stringent implementation of Republic Act No. 11053, the Anti–Hazing Act of 2018, which he co-authored and co-sponsored.

All types of hazing in fraternities, sororities, and groups in schools, including citizen military training and citizen army training, are prohibited under the law. This prohibition also applies to non-school-based fraternities, sororities, and organizations, such as community-based and other comparable groups.

“Bagama’t meron na tayong batas laban sa hazing, marami pa rin tayong nababalitaang mga namamatay dahil sa hazing,” says the narrator. Isang hamon ito sa ating pamahalaan na ipatupad ang batas nang may buong pwersa at lakas (Even though there is a law prohibiting hazing, there have been numerous instances of hazing-related deaths.) “It would be a difficulty for the government to fully implement the law,” Gatchalian said in a statement on Tuesday.

He went on to say that violence against children and teenagers should not be condoned and that all lawbreakers should be punished.

According to the law, schools must take more proactive actions to safeguard students from the dangers of participation in hazing activities, according to the head of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts, and Culture.

Those who are genuinely organized or engaged in hazing that results in death, rape, sodomy, or mutilation face a penalty of reclusion Perpetua and a fine of PHP3 million, according to the legislation.

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