Philippine Daily Inquirer - - NEWS - JEROME ANING

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has unan­i­mously ap­proved on third and fi­nal read­ing a mea­sure pe­nal­iz­ing the act of throw­ing stones and other hard ob­jects at mo­tor ve­hi­cles.

All 171 con­gress­men present dur­ing last Tues­day’s ses­sion voted in fa­vor of House Bill No. 7163, which was prin­ci­pally au­thored by Ma­jor­ity Leader Rep. Rodolfo Far­iñas.

The bill pe­nal­izes any per­son who throws stones, rocks, bricks, bot­tles, pieces of wood or metal, or any other hard ob­ject at ve­hi­cles, caus­ing dam­age and death or bod­ily harm to pas­sen­gers.

Pre­vi­ously, peo­ple who com­mit the act could only be charged with ma­li­cious mis­chief un­der Ar­ti­cle 327 of the Re­vised Pe­nal Code.

Un­der the pro­posed law, the of­fender shall be meted 25 years’ im­pris­on­ment and fined P100,000, in ad­di­tion to civil li­a­bil­i­ties, if the act re­sults in the death of a per­son. If it re­sults in in­jury, the of­fender can get five years and fined P15,000.

If the stone-throw­ing dam­ages a ve­hi­cle, the of­fender shall also be im­pris­oned for one year, fined P10,000, and held li­able for the cost of re­pairs.—

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