8 Philippine Laws That May Be Ridiculously Outdated
t’s probably great that our newly-elected congressmen and senators are already getting busy creating new laws but it is, perhaps, high time they spend some time reviewing the old ones too, right?
Here are 8 laws that we think deserve a look-see from our officials. Let us know what you think in the comments section.
8. Article 247 of the Revised Penal Code: Death or physical injuries under special circumstances
Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares tried to have this law repealed in 2010 under the argument that the penalty of destierro is but a “slap in the wrist” of the killer.
Now we all know that marriage and family are very serious units of this predominantly Catholic country but justified murder as an actual thing? It could be a little too much.
7. Article 287 of the Revised Penal Code: Unjust Vexation
6. Sustainable Forest Management
Our Forestry Laws were last amended in 1991 and the Sustainable Forest Management Act remains unlegislated.
Those with licenses to cut trees are forced to cut at least 70% of their allowable annual cut of timber. They HAVE to cut trees or they are penalized. 95% of forests are lost because of land conversion, only 5% are from illegal logging.
4. Libel is now a tool to limit freedom of speech.
How can we criticize erring leaders if citizens are being threatened by the leaders themselves?
3. Ah. Customs. ‘Nuff said.
The Tariff and Customs Code of 1957 (Republic Act No,1937)–yes, 1957–“drags our competitiveness down” according to Commissioner Ruffy Biazon. It’s been more than 50 years since this has been reviewed. With the technological advances of the Internet, the market is truly global. A lot of government officials don’t even know what Amazon Shopping is.
1. Lina Law
This was a path supposedly paved with good intentions. The Lina Law is the revised Urban Development Housing Act of 1992 (known as UDHA or Republic Act No. 7279) which gives rights to access to land and a home for the marginalized. It also demands a concrete urban development plan for the cities. Perhaps the relevant question to pose is “what now?”