House passes bill seeking stiffer penalties vs child abuse

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 28 2019 12:46 AM

MANILA - A measure that imposes stiffer penalties against child abuse, exploitation, and discrimination got the approval of the House of Representatives Monday.

Some 164 lawmakers voted in favor of passing House Bill 9024 on its third and final reading.

The bill would raise to reclusion temporal the penalty for violations on obscene publications and indecent shows and if the child used as a performer, subject, or seller/distributor is below 12 years of age, it will be reclusion perpetua.

Likewise, the penalty would be reclusion temporal for any ascendant, guardian, or person entrusted in any capacity with the care of the child who shall cause and/or allow such child to be employed or to participate in an obscene play, scene, act, movie or show or in any other acts.

It also increases penalties for violations of other acts of neglect, abuse, cruelty, exploitation, and other conditions prejudicial to the child’s development with a minimum of reclusion temporal and a fine of P500,000. Prision mayor and a fine of not less than P400,000 for inducing, delivering, or offering a minor to anyone to keep or have in his company a minor.

The penalty of reclusion temporal to reclusion perpetua is also imposable to anyone who shall use, coerce, force, or intimidate a street child or any other child to beg or use begging as a means of living or act as a conduit or middlemen in drug trafficking or pushing or conduct any illegal activities.

At the same time, the bill would also increase penalties for the violations of anti-child labor practices. - Report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News