Manila Bulletin

Solons push tougher laws vs ir­re­spon­si­ble use of firearms

- By BEN R. ROSARIO Crime · Teddy Baguilat · Davao Region

Ad­min­is­tra­tion con­gress­men are bat­ting for the in­clu­sion in the list of leg­isla­tive pri­or­i­ties bills propos­ing more strin­gent penal­ties for the in­dis­crim­i­nate use and fir­ing of firearms.

Mag­dalo Party-list Reps. Fran­cisco Ash­ley L. Acedillo and Gary C. Ale­jano have filed a House Bill en­ti­tled ‘An Act im­pos­ing more strin­gent penal­ties for the crime of alarm and scan­dal, amend­ing for this pur­pose Ar­ti­cle 155 of Re­pub­lic Act No. 3815 oth­er­wise known as the Re­vised Pe­nal Code, as amended, and for other re­lated pur­poses.”

“Heav­ier penal­ties, as pro­posed, would help de­ter or at least min­i­mize the in­ci­dence of in­dis­crim­i­nate dis­charge of firearms in the fu­ture, and hope­fully, help bring down the num­ber of in­juries and loss of lives re­sult­ing there­from,” the two Mag­dalo solons said.

Reps. Teddy Baguilat (LP, Ifu­gao) a n d K a r l o A l e x e i N o g r a l e s ( N U P, Davao City) also filed bills car­ry­ing dif­fer­ent pro­vi­sions for heav­ier penal­ties against in­dis­crim­i­nate fir­ing.

Baguilat said swift ap­proval of the mea­sure could avert the pos­si­bil­ity of in­juries and death due to in­dis­crim­i­nate fir­ing of guns dur­ing New Year’s revelry.

“De­spite tragic sto­ries ev­ery start of the year, one is left speech­less as to why this prob­lem re­mains un­solved,” the ad­min­is­tra­tion solon said.

Baguilat said HB 5374 pe­nal­izes will­ful or in­dis­crim­i­nate dis­charge of firearms, amend­ing for the pur­pose Act No. 3815, as amended, oth­er­wise known as the Re­vised Pe­nal Code.

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