Congresswoman files bill to make hazing a criminal offense

Philstar.com reports that Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Party-list, Bagong Henerasyon) has filed House Bill 6084, which aims to have hazing declared as a criminal offense.

Philstar.com reports that Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Party-list, Bagong Henerasyon) has filed House Bill 6084, which aims to have hazing declared as a criminal offense. The report noted that Herrera-Dy "cited the Lenny Villa hazing case that highlighted a number of issues related to anti-hazing legislation, some of which have already been corrected between the time of the incident and the Supreme Court's final ruling."

 

According to the report, under HB 6084, "all hazing activities will be declared illegal, instead of just being regulated under the present law." In any case, the bill exempts from its coverage "the physical, mental and psychological testing and training procedure and practices to determine and enhance the physical, mental and psychological fitness of prospective regular members of the Armed Force of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP)." It also exempts "the customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions or any activity or conduct that furthers a legal and legitimate objective."

 

The bill also stipulates that-depending on the specific injuries or damage done to the victim-violators of the law could face 12 to 20 years of imprisonment.

 

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