Sen. Sonny Angara has proposed Senate Bill No. 2793 that will penalize teachers, school authorities, and employees who will commit acts of bullying, amending Republic Act 10627 or the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013.
In his proposed amendment the Anti-bullying Act, Angara said “Teachers and other school employees, including the principal, and security, maintenance and administrative personnel, may commit acts of bullying by using humiliating words and giving degrading treatment such as unwarranted corporal punishment against students.”
Harsher penalties should be imposed if the bullying drives the student to attempt to take his own life, the senator added.
Under the said amendment, a teacher or any other school personnel who commits acts of bullying towards a student will be fined an amount of not less than P50,000 but not more than P100,000 and/or by imprisonment from six months to a year.
If the bullying resulted in the student attempting to commit suicide, the penalty will be a fine of not less than P100,000 but not more than P500,000 and/or by imprisonment from one to three years.
Furthermore, if the suicide attempt results in the death of the victim, the penalty will be a fine of not less than P500,000 but not more than P1 million and/or by imprisonment from three to six years.
The law defines bullying as any severe or repeated harmful act, whether written, verbal, an electronic expression, or a physical act, that has the effect of actually placing the student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm or causing damage to property, creating a hostile environment at school.