STUDENTS of Pangasinan do not know it yet but they are now being protected and stand to benefit from the Anti-Hazing law authored by Fourth District Christopher de Venecia.
De Venecia sponsored House Bill No. 6573, a proposed act prohibiting hazing and regulating other forms of initiation rites of fraternities, sororities and other organizations, and providing penalties for violation thereof.
Now known as RA 11053, it repealed Republic Act 8049 or the Anti-Hazing law of 1995.
In a talk to newsmen, De Venecia said he filed the Anti-Hazing bill after at least 31 senseless killings by fraternities of neophytes whose only purpose in joining their groups is to feel a sense of brotherhood with them.
Among the hapless victims of hazing were Leni Villa, an Ateneo law student; Mel Honasan, an Ateneo freshman and brother of Senator Gregorio Honasan; and Horacio Castillo III, a University of Sto. Tomas student.
The house bill was defended by De Venecia in many floor debates in the House of Representatives until it was passed. The same easily hurdled the legislative mill in the Senate.
It was signed into law by President Duterte on June 29, 2018 and is now being implemented nationwide, including Pangasinan.
De Venecia is currently the House assistant majority floor leader. (Leonardo Micua)
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