• Aquino wants more teeth to anti-hazing law


    CLARK AIRBASE, PAMPANGA: President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday said he will find ways to add more teeth to the Anti-Hazing Law following the death of an 18-year-old college student during his fraternity’s initiation rites.

    “There is an Anti-Hazing Law already in the books. So one has to ask, what is lacking in terms of enforcement that prevents us from exercising the full penalties embodied in that law?” the President said.

    “I will consult with our legal experts and also the law enforcement side as to extensively [see], what more can be done,” he added.

    Republic Act 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law, states “that no physical violence be employed by anybody” during initiation rites.

    Police investigators are just finalizing the needed documents before filing charges anytime this week against members of the Tau Gamma Phi fraternity resposible for the death of College of Saint Benilde student Guillo Cesar Servando.

    Manila police director Chief Supt. Rolando Asuncion told The Manila Times that fratmen who conducted the initiation rites have been identified.

    Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Monday said the National Bureau of Investigation will conduct its own probe into the incident. CATHERINE S. VALENTE



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    1. “Aquino wants more teeth to anti-hazing law”? I suggest that Mayor R. Duterte be empowered to head the team who would cover that assignment. Most certainly, the death of my nephew, an aviation student, who lost his sanity and eventually succumbed to death after being subjected to the rite of hazing might finally be vindicated even in this life! His crumpled body on the lap of his grieving mother, my first cousin, still haunts me to this day. I know that it is not Christ-like to harbor hate against perpetrators of so heinous a crime, however, it should never be allowed to hold sway in any human society, to a Christian society like ours, for that matter. Who’s afraid of R. Duterte?