Miriam wants law vs gadgets in theaters
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has filed a bill seeking to ban the use of gadgets inside movie theaters and similar show venues.
Senate Bill 3384 or the "Silent Mode Act" seeks to mandate persons inside movie theaters, concert halls, auditoriums and other indoor venues of public performances to turn off or place on vibrate or silent mode at all times their mobile telephones, two-way radios and other audio visual electronic devices.
The bill says audio-visual electronic devices shall include personal digital assistants (PDAs); video and still cameras; video game devices; computer tablets; portable media players; and other similar gadgets.
Any person who is found to have violated the measure shall be penalized with the following: a fine of P500 for the first offense; P1,000 for the second offense; and P3,000 for the third offense.
Under the measure, owners and employees of the establishments covered by the bill shall escort anyone caught violating its provisions.
The cost of the ticket shall not be refunded to the violator.
Aside from this, the establishment shall also be mandated to remind the audience to turn off their gadgets or put them on silent mode before every performance.
If patrons wish to answer calls, they must leave the theater or move to an area where they cannot be heard. — TJD, GMA News