#PingSays: Speedy passage into law seen for the proposed Anti-Hazing Act of 2018 | Feb. 28, 2018

In an interview, Sen. Lacson sees a speedy passage for the proposed Anti-Hazing Act of 2018, after it passed the bicameral conference committee.

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Quotes from the interview…Β 

On the salient points of the measure, as agreed upon at the bicam:
“In-strengthen ang RA 8049, na-increase ang penalties. Tapos ang cover-up, properly covered. Kasi sa old law nag-rely lang sa Revised Penal Code ang accessory after the crime. Ito in-incorporate na namin sa anti-hazing law ang cover-up.”

On heavier penalties for attempts to cover up hazing:
“Tinaasan ang lahat na penalties including those who did not actually participate but were present. Tapos tinaas din ang level ng penalty sa officers. Even if they did not actually participate but their mere presence being officers, parang katumbas na sila sa actually nag-participate. Meaning reclusion perpetua na yan.”
“Sa penalties, graduated na.”

On what comes next after passage at the bicameral level:
“Ang sunod dito is, matanggap na namin ang report at ma-ratify na ng both houses. After that, magiging enrolled bill na yan, ipapadala sa Malacanang. And within 30 days approve-in ng pangulo. If not, mag-lapse into law at magiging batas. Definitely magiging batas.”
“Sabi ko nga sa bicam, the whole parliamentary exercise na ginawa at least sa Senate, talagang dedicated yan kay Atio Castillo III.”

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