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Ilocos Rep. Fariñas’ bill penalizing the throwing of hard objects at vehicles OK’d

Sep 8, 2015 @ 8:40

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a bill filed by Ilocos Norte 1st District Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas penalizing the deliberate throwing of hard objects at passing or parked vehicles.

Under Farinas’ House Bill 4865, anyone caught committing such acts that result to a person’s death will be fined P100,000 and slapped with a 25-year imprisonment.

If such act results in any physical injury to a person, the penalty shall be five years imprisonment and a fine of P15,000, in addition to civil liabilities for medical expenses and rehabilitation.

Fariñas said that by penalizing the act of throwing stones and hard objects at vehicles, people will be forewarned of the consequences of such crime, thereby serving as a deterrent to future wrongdoers.

“Thus, the well being of motorists, including the drivers and owners of motor vehicles, is ensured,” Fariñas said.

The lawmaker noted several incidents along major highways where unscrupulous persons, usually young ones, threw rocks and hard objects at passing vehicles, particularly public transport.

“Worst, offenders go scot-free and end up making this hazardous act a habitual ‘past-time.’ Hence this proposal,” Fariñas said.

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