House passing bill with 1-25 year jail terms for throwing rocks at cars

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House Bill 7163 gets approval on second reading; seeks to penalize act of throwing objects at vehicles

Throwing stones or other debris on a moving or stationary vehicle could soon net you a hefty fine up to Php 100,000 along with a jail sentence that can be as long as 25 years. Recently, the House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 7163 which seeks to penalize the act of throwing hard objects at vehicles.

Any individual that throws rocks, bottles, pieces of wood or metal or any kind of hard debris that damages or ruins the vehicle, as well as cause bodily harm to the passengers shall be penalized with the following:

a) Twenty-five years imprisonment and a fine of P100,000, in addition to the civil liabilities, if such act results in the death of any person;

b) Five years imprisonment and a fine of P15,000, in addition to the civil liabilities for medical expenses and rehabilitation, if such act results in any physical injury to a person; and

c) One year imprisonment and a fine of P10,000, in addition to the cost of repair of the vehicle.

According to Ilocos Norte First District Rep. Rodolfo Farinas, who is also the principal author of the bill, authorities can only charge those found guilty with malicious mischief under Article 327 of the Revised Penal Code. For him, this is a rather light penalty for causing major harm.

”By penalizing the act of throwing stones and hard objects at vehicles and providing stiff penalties for the crime, people will be forewarned of the consequences of such crime, thereby serving as deterrent to future wrongdoers. Thus, the wellbeing of the travelers as well as the drivers and the owners of the vehicles is ensured,” added Farinas.

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