Salient Features of RA 11053 or The Anti-Hazing Act of 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte signed RA 11053 or The Anti-Hazing Act of 2018.
RA 11053 is an act prohibiting hazing and regulating other forms of initiation
rites of fraternities,sororities and other organizations.
This new law amends RA 8049 or the Anti Hazing Act.
Republic Act 11053 or the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018 gives teeth to the previous
1995 version of the law as it now outrightly prohibits and makes hazing a
criminal act while providing more substantial penalties for those who
will be proven guilty.
What are the salient features of the new law, RA 11053?
1. The new law imposes penalties such as reclusion perpetua and up
to P3 million in fines.
2. Under the new law, the definition of hazing has been expanded to include
"physical or psychological suffering, harm or injury inflicted on a recruit,
member, neophyte, or applicant" as a prerequisite for admission or for continued
membership in an organization.
3. Banned under the law are "all forms of hazing" not only in fraternities,
sororities or organizations in schools, but also those in communities and even
businesses and uniformed service learning institutions.
4. The law also requires schools to be "more active and proactive" in regulating
school-based initiation rites, with schools required to exercise reasonable
supervision and take proactive steps to protect students from danger of
participating in activities that will involve hazing.
5. All members of the fraternity, sorority or organization who participated in
unauthorized initiation rites, even if no hazing was conducted, shall be punished
accordingly. Persons who had knowledge of any hazing acts committed but failed to
report it to the authorities or those to be found guilty of hiding, concealing or
hampering or obstructing investigation should be penalized.
* penalty of reclusion temporal and P1 million on the participating officer and
members of the fraternity who were involved in the hazing * reclusion perpetua
and P2 million on members who actually participated in hazing when under the
influence of alcohol or drugs; and on non-resident or alumni who participate
in hazing * reclusion perpetua and P3 million on those who participated in
hazing that resulted in death, rape, sodomy, or mutilation * P1 million on
the school if it approved an initiation of a fraternity, sorority or
organization where hazing occurred * prision correccional (six months to six years)
on anyone who intimidates or threatens another for recruitment.
This includes "persistent and repeated" proposals or invitations to those who
refused to join at least twice. * P1 million for former officers or alumni who
try to hide or obstruct investigation
If the offender is a member of the Bar, he or she shall be subject to
disciplinary proceedings by the Supreme Court. If the offender is in another
profession, he or she will be subject to regulation by the Professional
6. Senator Ping Lacson, a former PNP Chief sponsored this law.