Senate Bill 1210: Penalizing the failure to report acts of hazing

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago filed a bill to amend the Anti-Hazing Law, seeking to penalize the failure to report acts of hazing. The amendment contained in Senate Bill No. 1210 proposes to incorporate a new subsection in Republic Act No. 8049, Article 4-A, to read as follows:

Any person who knows that another person is the victim of hazing and is at the scene of the crime, shall to the extent that such person can do so without danger or peril to himself or others, report such crime to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as reasonably practicable.

Whoever fails to report such crime shall, if already liable under Section 4 of this Act, be imposed the penalty in its maximum regardless of mitigating circumstances, or the additional penalty of a fine of at least Fifty Thousand Pesos (P50,000.00) or both.

A person not liable under Section 4, who is present at the scene of the crime, and who failed to report the same in accordance with the first paragraph of this subsection, shall be liable as accomplice.

Can I have your opinion regarding the legality of this bill? It is still pending in the Senate.

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