MANILA- A bill seeking to penalize the throwing of hard objects at vehicles has been approved on 2nd reading by the House of Representatives.
House Bill 7163 bars the throwing of stones, rocks, bricks, bottles, pieces of wood or metal, or any other hard object that damages or destroys vehicles or causes death or harm to its passengers.
If signed into law, persons found violating can face the following penalties:
- 25 years imprisonment and a fine of P100,000, in addition to the civil liabilities, if such act results in the death of any person
- 5 years 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
-1 year imprisonment and a fine of P10,000, in addition to the cost of repair of the vehicle
"By penalizing the act of throwing stones and hard objects 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," said Ilocos Norte First District Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas, principal author of the bill.