Atio's dad: Give the Anti-hazing Law more teeth

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The parents of Horacio "Atio" Castillo III, Horacio Jr. and Carmina.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 11) — The father of a student who died while being hazed is appealing for the amendment of the Anti-hazing Law.

Horacio Castillo Jr., the dad of Atio Castillo. told CNN Philippines Wednesday that what happened to his son was "unacceptable."

 

"This senseless killing should stop. So I think they should really amend the Anti-hazing law. Put some more teeth in it, so we can protect our children.

The law's author, former Senator Joey Lina told CNN Philippines, "What makes hazing a crime is the act of inflicting physical harm or psychological harm on a person."

READ: Ex-senator and author of 1995 anti-hazing act defends law, says it bans hazing

Since R.A. 8049, or the "An Act Regulating Hazing and Other Forms of Initiation Rites," was implemented in 1995, hazing activities have resulted in 18 deaths, 393 suspects and only one conviction, which was for the death of University of the Philippines Los Banos student Marlon Villanueva in 2006.

Despite the low conviction rate, Lina added that the Anti-Hazing Law is already very strong because it made it easier to convict someone for hazing.

Lina said the statistics were a result of both poor enforcement and widespread disobedience of the law.

'We still hope he will come home'

Atio's parents confided they miss their son very much, and their lives will never be the same.

His mother, Carmina, said, "I usually spend time in his room, then find myself falling asleep in his bed. And then, wake up again and start crying. start missing him."

His father then said, "Every day we would still hope that he will come home."

What they want now for their son is for him to move on.

Carmina said, "I want him to be happy, I want him to move on. Parang don't hold back on our account. Just move on...keep on telling him, we'll be okay.