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Rep. Carlos Padilla files bill protecting PWDs

Aug 10, 2015 @ 6:51

Violence against persons with disabilities (PWDs) will soon be considered a public crime if a bill filed by Nueva Vizcaya Rep. Carlos Padilla becomes a law.

Padilla said he filed House Bill 5904 or the “Anti-Violence Against Persons with Disabilities Act” to protect PWDs against physical, sexual, and psychological abuses.

“Persons with disabilities are part of the society. However, due to their special conditions and limitations, persons with disabilities should be given more protection and support,” the Nueva Viscaya mayor stressed.

Citing studies made by the World Health Organization (WHO), Padilla noted a PWD is more likely to be a victim of violence than those without disability.

As a public crime, any person may file a complaint on behalf of the PWD victim, the proposed law stated.

The PWD victim or any person may also seek a protection order from the barangay to shield themselves from further abuse, it added.

Under the bill, those who committed serious physical injuries against PWDs shall be punished by imprisonment of six years to 12 years while those who committed slight physical injuries shall be slapped with one to six year- imprisonment.

Violators of the proposed Act shall also pay a fine ranging from P100,000 to P300,000 and shall undergo a mandatory psychological counseling or psychiatric treatment.

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