Supreme Court records first conviction under anti-hazing law

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Highlights

  • The Anti-Hazing Law (Republic Act 8049) was passed in 1995
  • 13 people aged 16 to 25 have died from hazing since 2000 to 2008 according to Homicide Division of the Philippine National Police

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Supreme Court upheld on Friday (August 21) the conviction of two Alpha Phi Omega members responsible for the death of a University of the Philippines Los Baños student due to hazing.

It’s the first conviction under the Anti-Hazing Law.

The court’s second division denied Dandy Dungo and Gregorio Sibal’s petition seeking to reverse a decision that finds the two of them guilty beyond reasonable doubt in violation of Republic Act 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law of 1995.

The two were sentenced to suffer the penalty of reclusion perpetua.

After a careful review of records, the court ruled that the circumstantial evidence presented by the prosecution was overwhelming enough to establish the guilt of Dungo and Sibal.

It pointed out that they took part in the hazing and inflicted injuries to Marlon Villanueva as a requirement of his initiation to the fraternity.

The physical injuries led to Villanueva’s death.

The court also pointed out the anti-hazing law is "rigorous in penalizing the crime of hazing" but it also had some suggested amendments to the law.

Related: House passes bill to replace Anti-Hazing Law

It suggested that intoxication and the presence of non-resident or alumni fraternity members during hazing should be considered as aggravating circumstances, and these would increase the applicable penalties.

The court also suggested that there should be penalties for non-compliance with "written notice requirement" and the “representation requirement.”

It’s also pushing that psychological harm to the victim of hazing should be considered in the law.