Bomb threat may result in P5M fine, 12 years in jail


Posted at Feb 28 2014 11:16 PM | Updated as of Mar 01 2014 07:16 AM

MANILA -- A lawmaker is pushing for the approval of House Bill 4030 that would impose a 12-year imprisonment and a P5-million fine on anyone proven to be behind a bomb threat.

Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo, said bomb threats have negative effects on people and businesses, just like what happened at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, University of Santo Tomas in Manila, and Saint Paul's College in Pasig City.

Quimbo said that aside from scaring people, bomb threats also disrupt regular activities that results in unproductivity.

He said Presidential Decree 1727 created in 1980 imposes only a 5-year imprisonment and a P40,000 fine for anyone found responsible of a bomb scare.

With bomb threats happening one after the other in the past weeks, Quimbo believes this is the right time add more teeth to the existing law. - Report from Jon Ibanez, dzMM