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Stiffer penalties to be slapped to people throwing stones, hard objects at vehicles

Individuals who throw stones and other hard objects at vehicles may soon face 25 years of  jail sentence at the most.

This, after the House of Representatives approved on second reading a measure which seeks to penalize the act of throwing hard objects at motor vehicles while they are in motion.

In House Bill 7163, principally authored by Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, any person who throw stones, rocks, bricks, bottles, pieces of wood or metal, or any other hard object that damages, ruins or wrecks the vehicle or causes death or physical harm to the passengers will be meted with following penalties:

  • 25-year imprisonment and a fine of P100,000, in addition to the civil liabilities, if such act results in the death of any person;
  • Five-year 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
  • One-year imprisonment and a fine of P10,000, in addition to the cost of repair of the vehicle

In his explanatory note, Fariñas stressed the need for the practice of throwing stones and other hard objects at vehicles to be abated as it causes accidents putting the lives and limbs of the passengers in danger and damaging the vehicle.

"By penalizing the act of throwing stones and hard object 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," he said.

"Thus, the wellbeing of the travellers as well as the drivers and owners of the vehicles is ensured," he added.

The bill was sponsored on the floor by Deputy Minority Leader Eugene Michael de Vera.

Meanwhile, co-authors of the bill include Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Oriental Mindoro Representative Reynaldo Umali, Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, among others. — Erwin Colcol/RSJ, GMA News

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