MANILA, September 4, 2014—The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) throws its support behind the government’s plans to eradicate “hazing” in the country, particularly among campus-based fraternal organizations which allegedly employ it in initiating new members.
CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) chair Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian of Bangued said he joins the Philippine government in forming a group which will look into the implementation of the “Anti-Hazing Law” in the country.
“If it has noble intentions, then this is a good development. And we pray for and support it,” he said.
According to Jaucian, CBCP-ECY sees the review of the Republic Act 8049, or what is better known as the “Anti-Hazing Law”, as a welcome development that will guarantee the Filipino youth protection from the violent, often fatal ritual.
The government ‘s executive arm on Monday, September 1, issued Memorandum Circular 68 ordering the creation of a panel to be headed by Department of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima that will come out with policies improving the agency’s coordination and monitoring to prevent hazing incidents in the future.
In a statement, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa explained the task force “seeks to address the need to ensure that there is justice for hazing fatalities and their families”.
“At the same time, we have to look at whether the law can be improved so that its objectives are met,” he added.
The most recent case involving hazing happened on July at a residential compound in Palanan, Makati City, killing 18-year old Guillo Cesar Servando, a De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) sophomore. (Raymond A. Sebastián)