Text: Brent Co / Photos: Anonymous motorist | posted February 23, 2016 10:48
Motorist films kids throwing rocks at oncoming cars along C-5
The alarming incidents of rock throwing along C-5 Road (Circumferential Road 5) in the vicinity of Taguig City has prompted a curious motorist to record the dangerous activities of these hooligans.
The dangerous "prank" or criminal attempt on motorists is a very dangerous act and should be acted upon by local government officials and law enforcers alike. This poses a serious threat to safety of the victim and other motorists on the road as well.
Based on the account of the anonymous motorist, the rock throwers are minors, teenagers at most. With weak laws that actually protect these young hooligans from criminal prosecution, who in usual cases just get away with a "slap on the wrist" at most.
An amendment to the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act was made in October of 2013, however, however dangerous acts like these still occur up to this day.
"What usually occurs at night is now happening in broad daylight," the motorist who wished anonymity shared.
The act of rock throwing or stone throwing at cars is being penalized in other countries. In the United States, rock throwing can be considered a felony, teenagers have also been tried and sentenced to imprisonment. In the United Kingdom, stone throwers can be sentenced for up to 3.5 years in prison. Australian law provides for a sentence of up to 5 years in prison. New Zealand metes a sterner measure of up to 14 years in prison. Our ASEAN neighbor Vietnam has convicted youths engaged in "vandalism and battery" to prison terms as well.