LOOK: 8 new, interesting laws in the Philippines
Out of 40 national laws to have passed through the 16th congress, 36 lapsed into law from July 17 to 22 after former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and President Rodrigo Duterte neither signed nor vetoed the bills.
Here are new, interesting laws that stood out:
1. Stricter Anti-Carnapping Law
Republic Act 10883 or “An act providing for a new anti-carnapping law of the Philippines” now considers carnapping a non-bailable offense and will require Land Transportation Office to keep a record of all cars and owners.
The new law increased the imprisonment time from a maximum of 17 years and four months, to around 20 to 30 years in jail.
2. Mandatory subtitles
Republic Act 10905 or “An act requiring all franchise holders or operators of television stations and producers of television programs to broadcast or present their programs with closed captions option, and for other purposes” requires TV stations to provide subtitles for the deaf community.
3. Keeping Filipinas from becoming mail order brides
Republic Act 10906 or “An act providing stronger measures against unlawful practices, businesses, and schemes of matching and offering Filipinos to foreign nationals for purposes of marriage or common law partnership, repealing for the purpose republic act no. 6955, also referred to as the ‘anti-mail order bride law'” penalizes any person who has in any way engaged in business to exploit Filipinas to offer to foreigners for marriage.
4. No more candies or inexact change
Once Republic Act 10909 or “An act prohibiting business establishments from giving insufficient or no change to consumers and providing penalties therefore” takes effect, you can now sue the establishment for not giving you your due change.
5. Longer prescription for crimes of graft and corruption
Republic Act 10910 or “An act increasing the prescriptive period for violations of Republic Act no. 3019, otherwise known as the ‘anti-graft and corrupt practices act’ from fifteen (15) years to twenty years, amending section 11 thereof” amended the prescription of offenses, also known as the statute of limitations, from 15 to 20 years.
6. Anti-age discrimination for employees
Republic Act 10911 or “An act prohibiting discrimination against any individual in employment on account of age and providing penalties therefore” prohibits employers from withholding promotion or deny training opportunities, compensation and privileges from employees on the basis of age.
7. No more texting while driving
Republic Act 10913 or “An act defining and penalizing distracted driving” will mean that any person who is using their phones in non-emergency cases and/or needs it for work will be penalized with a fine of P5,000 for first offense, P10,000 for second offense, and P15,000 and suspension of license for three months for the third offense.
8.) Mandatory speed limiters
Republic Act 10916 or “An act requiring the mandatory installation of speed limiter in public utility and certain types of vehicles” will require all covered public transportation vehicles to have a speed limiter.