Gatchalian, Zubiri must try harder re: hazing

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Train the child in the way he should go, and he will never depart from it even if he grows old…” (Proverbs 22:6, the Holy Bible).


GATCHALIAN, ZUBIRI, SHOULD TRY HARDER RE: HAZING: Truly, I appreciate the moves of Senators Sherwin Gatchalian and Miguel Zubiri to outlaw hazing in fraternities and sororities in the Philippines, but, as usual, these moves are simple knee-jerk, and mere “pa-pogi points”, reactions that will not really mean anything and will not really not be beneficial to anyone.

I hope Gatchalian and Zubiri should try to be more creative in their thinking, especially because they have so many assistants who are paid to do the thinking for them in the Senate, and come up with something more meaningful to address the problems of this country, hazing in school fraternities and sororities included.

The fact is that, we all know that outlawing hazing will not stop hazing, in much the same way that outlawing plunder, graft and corruption, and even drug trafficking, and even imposing stiff penalties against them, did not stop any of these crimes from being committed. On the contrary, it would appear that more of these crimes got committed more often after they were in fact outlawed officially.


LAWMAKERS SHOULD PROBE WHY STUDENTS WANT TO JOIN FRATERNITIES: What I want to see Gatchalian and Zubiri aspire for, therefore, insofar as hazing is concerned, is digging deeper into why students still venture into fraternities and sororities despite knowing that a physical test—some call it the “torture test”—must have to be hurdled by them first before they are accepted as “brothers” or “sisters” of those who treated them as enemies of the highest order in the first instance.

Gatchalian and Zubiri must be interested to know if this desire to join fraternities and sororities which are, in reality, glorified street gangs, is fanned by an unhealthy family life—either because the fathers and the mothers are separated and are no longer living with the child, or because of some other serious family problems that make physical initiations more appealing than family relationships.

In other words, what Gatchalian and Zubiri must exert all their efforts into is this: finding ways and means to strengthen family ties among Filipino families so that parents and children alike would find it more satisfying and more fulfilling to be with each other, rather than seek the company of thugs and marauders whose convoluted idea of brotherhood is first torturing those who want to become their brothers.


TO GATCHALIAN, ZUBIRI: TRY TO PROBE THE MINDS OF FILIPINO YOUTH: If Gatchalian and Zubiri would train their sights (and their legislative functions and annual budgets) into looking at the mental, psychological, intellectual, and moral conditions of our children today, they would be giving the entire country its best project ever in its more than 100 years of existence.

For if they do so, they would necessarily learn or discover that there is much to be desired in what we should be teaching the Filipino youth of today, and in what we should be purging from what they think about daily, in what they read daily, and in what they do in their every waking hour.

Gatchalian and Zubiri will discover that at present, Filipino children are no longer taught good manners and right conduct, and even of fear and love of God. They will also see that many of them are abused and used for many criminal purposes, even by their own parents or relatives, needing to be rescued as soon as possible to arrest their decline into a life of criminality and sinfulness even at an early age!


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