Solons propose way to end violent hazing

September 28, 2019

LAWMAKERS, including one of the principal authors of the amended Anti-Hazing Law, have agreed on the need for random and surprise medical and physical checkup of plebes and trainees of military and police institutions to help end hazing.

House Deputy Majority Leader Bernadette Herrera-Dy of Bagong Henerasyon Party-list and DIWA party-list Rep. Michael Edgar Aglipay have expressed disappointment over the continued hazing activities even inside PMA.

PMA Cadet Darwin Dormitorio died in the hands of his colleagues after following the strict “code of silence” among cadets and trainees.

On  September 18 Dormitorio succumbed to multiple organ failure due to the physical injuries inflicted on him by senior PMA cadets.  Two other plebes were hospitalized for similar injuries.

And these deaths can be prevented if there are doctors or medical professionals that will conduct random check-up to determine the physical condition of every cadet, the solons said.

“Yes, a random and surprise medical check up on plebes at the PMA and PNPA (Philippine Naitonal Police Academy) can be an effective means of stopping hazing,” Herrera-Dy said.

Herrera-Dy,  one of the principal authors of the amended Republic Act 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law, also asked the Department of National Defense to enumerate the physical, psychological and mental methods of training would-be military officers that should be exempted from the provisions of the anti-hazing law.

She said there are “extraordinary” training methods that the law does not define as a form of hazing.

“Baka ito ang nagiging excuse nila.  Now we will have to mandate the Department of National Defense to enumerate which of these methods of training are allowable,” she stressed.

The lady solon urged military and police authorities to allow the mandatory conduct of unannounced physical and medical examination that will determine whether or not trainees have been subjected to unacceptable physical penalties and hazing.

For his part, Aglipay said a third party medical professional should be tapped to conduct the surprise medical examination on cadets of the PMA and the PNPA.

“Dapat magkaroon nga ng unannounced medical examination pero dapat third party ang magsagawa,”  Aglipay, son of former PNP special action force chief Director (retired) Edgar Aglipay, said.

The neophyte lawmaker said that although his father and other PMA graduates had indeed been subjected to physical punishments that resulted in injuries, they are one in supporting government’s bid to put an end to hazing.