/ 5 March 2023

SENATE President Juan Miguel ‘Migz’ Zubiri urged the Commission on Higher Education and even the Department of Education to conduct an information campaign against violence in schools specifically hazing.

Zubiri made the statement even as he stressed the Anti-Hazing Law is enough to punish all members of any organization that will be found guilty of any violence.

“Dapat meron po tayong information campaign na ganyan sa lahat po ng eskwelahan. Pati DepEd because I know there are initiation rites even as young as Grade 9, Grade 7, may mga fraternities and sororities na rin ang mga grade schools and high schools,” Zubiri said.

“So kailangan talaga nating ma-inform lahat pati mga magulang kasi kapag umuwi na po ang kanilang mga anak at nakikita na may paddle marks o may bugbog o pasa na inadmit po ng kanilang mga anak na binugbog sila dahil initiation rites, pwede pong isumbong ng mga magulang yan. They have to know their rights and they have to know the law. That is what we need to,” he added.

Meanwhile, Senator Grace Poe urged authorities to strictly implement Anti-Hazing Law in order to stop fraternity-related deaths.

“We must see to it that our laws can protect our children who engage in activities that supposedly espouse good citizenship and fellowship. Violence against the youth has caused them their lives and brought agony to their families. Hazing victims must see justice to avert breeding a wider culture of impunity against our young people,” Poe said.