7 New Philippine Laws Effective During Duterte’s First Month

7 New Philippine Laws Effective During Duterte's First Month

NEW PHILIPPINE LAWS

When the 16th Philippine Congress convened last July, almost 40 laws have lapsed into law after no action was taken by former President Benigno Aquino III and President Rodrigo Duterte. However, several laws piqued the interest of many.

Seven of them that took Filipinos’ attention the most were the following:

1. Anti-Mail Order Spouse Act

Also known as Republic Act 10906, the Anti-Mail Order Spouse Act “provides 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 6955, also referred to as the “Anti-Mail Order Bride Law.”

Penalties:

  • 15 years of imprisonment and a fine of at least P500,000, but not more than P1-million
  • If there are more than two people involved in the operation, all will be subject to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of at least P2-million, but not more than P5-million.
  • Any accessories to the crime will be penalized with ten years of imprisonment and a fine of at least P100,000, but not more than P500,000.
  • Foreign offenders will merit deportation, and those working for an establishment will penalize its owner as well.

2. Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act

Republic Act 10911, which will be effective beginning August 16, prohibits “discrimination against any individual in employment on account of age and providing penalties, therefore”. This Act will forbid employers from preventing promotion, compensation, or privilege based on the age of the employee.

This Act will also require recruitment agencies to aid those who seek employment and shall prohibit them from denying service due to the age of the individual.

Penalty:

  • Imprisonment between 3 months to 10 years, and a fine of at least P50,000, but not more than P500,000.

3. Anti-Distracted Driving Act

The Anti-Distracted Driving Act, also known as Republic Act 10913, castigates drivers who use their phones in non-emergency situations, this is to prevent distracted drivers on the streets.

Penalties:

  • 1st Offense: P5,000 fine
  • 2nd Offense: P10,000 fine
  • 3rd Offense: P15,000 fine and three months license suspension
  • Drivers of PUVs, school buses, and toxic-material carriers who are caught within 50 meters of school premises will be subject to a P30,000 fine and a 3-month license suspension.

4. Road Speed Limiter Act of 2016

Republic Act 10916 “requires the mandatory installation of speed limiters in public utility and certain types of vehicles”. All public utility vehicles will have until 18 months after the law comes into effect to install the speed limiters.

Penalties:

  • 1st Offense: Suspension of driver’s license for one month, suspension of franchise for three months
  • 2nd Offense: Suspension of driver’s license for three months, suspension of franchise for six months, and imposed fines
  • 3rd Offense: Revocation of license, suspension of franchise for at least one year, and imposed fines
  • PUVs without a speed limiter installed will be restricted from applying for registration or a franchise permit, and will subject the operator to a P50,000 fine.
  • Offenders who tamper with speed limiters will be penalized with 6-36 months imprisonment and a P30,000 fine.

5. Longer Prescription for Crimes of Graft and Corruption

An amendment to Republic Act 3019, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, was made, increasing the prescription period for violations against it from 15 years to 20 years. This amendment allows judgment to be carried out within 20 years.

6. Law on Mandatory Subtitles

The Law on Mandatory Subtitles, also known as Republic Act 10905, requires “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.

This law is to aid the deaf community with subtitles. However it holds exemptions for public service announcements that will air for less than 10 minutes, or if providing subtitles will be too expensive. It also holds exemptions for programs airing between 1AM-6AM, and for those that are already textual in nature.

Penalties:

  • Imprisonment for at least 6-12 months, and a fine of at least P50,000, but not more than P100,000
  • License to operate may also be revoked.

7. No Shortchanging Act of 2016

The act that prohibits business establishments “from giving insufficient or no change to consumers and providing penalties, therefore” is known as Republic Act 10909 or the No Shortchanging Act of 2016. It also requires establishments to label their product with the exact price to be paid for the benefit of their customers.

Penalties:

  • 1st Offense: A fine of P500 or 3% of gross sales (whichever is higher)
  • 2nd Offense: A fine of P5,000 or 5% of gross sales (whichever is higher)
  • 3rd Offense: A fine of P15,000 or 7% of gross sales (whichever is higher) and a 3-month suspension of operations

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  2. Sana ung my tinapos na kurso bibigyn ng work at para d na mkapag isip mag abroad

  3. Batas..poro nalang batas para saan ang batas nayan? Para lang sa mga mahihirap ….wala namang mayaman nga nakakulong kondi poro mahihirap lang ang nasa kulongan…dapat sana ang batas ay pantay pantay para sa lahat…kara marami ang nagrebelde dahil sa hindi patas

  4. Dapat kpag nk patay isabatas din kpag buhay ang kinuha,Buhay din ang kabayaran BITAY tulad dito sa SAUDi Kpag npatunayan n nag nakaw putol KAMAY…

  5. Thanks for letting the Filipino people know. More info please …

  6. Npkarami ng batas na naisagawa ngunit sadya lang ayaw ipatupad dahil sa paghharang ng mga Dilawan.

  7. Out of the 7 New Laws,the. Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act is the best

  8. Karamihan kahit saan bansa ang btas ay para sa mahirap lang Yong Hindi kaya mag bayad ng attorney,, Hindi lang sa pinas

  9. Mabalin sa office work ngem no pangam yonen ay awanen ayagan yo ketdi ta en menated no sya..

  10. HOW ABOUT SSS PENSIONERS P 2 K HIKE, A BILL WHICH WAS APPROVED BOTH CONGRESS AND SENATE BUT VETOED BY PNOY, IS THIS HOPEFUL UNDER DUTERTE ADMINASTRATION ?

  11. wow proud ako sa presidente du30 natin ngaun marami na cya nagawa sa pagbabago sa ating bansa god bless u for ever everything u can doit .

  12. Dapat pati sa government kapag nagaply wala naring age limit pwede po ba mahal Na pangulo para pantay.

  13. Gumawa kayo ng batas na hindi pabor sa mga pulitiko buwagin ang senado at congresso dahil ang daming nasayang na pera sa mga pulitikong yan lalo na sa mga congress bawat distreto mi congressman sayang pera ng kavan ng bayan sa mga yan ibalik na lang ang assemblyman dahil ang nasakupan nito ay halos dalawang bayan ang pwedeng hawakan kaya medyo tipid sa gastusin ng kaban sa bayan dahil di mga destrito malaking tipid

  14. 1. Anti-Mail Order Spouse Act

    Also known as Republic Act 10906, the Anti-Mail Order Spouse Act “provides 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 6955, also referred to as the “Anti-Mail Order Bride Law.”

    Penalties:

    15 years of imprisonment and a fine of at least P500,000, but not more than P1-million
    If there are more than two people involved in the operation, all will be subject to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of at least P2-million, but not more than P5-million.
    Any accessories to the crime will be penalized with ten years of imprisonment and a fine of at least P100,000, but not more than P500,000.
    Foreign offenders will merit deportation, and those working for an establishment will penalize its owner as well.
    2. Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act

    Republic Act 10911, which will be effective beginning August 16, prohibits “discrimination against any individual in employment on account of age and providing penalties, therefore”. This Act will forbid employers from preventing promotion, compensation, or privilege based on the age of the employee.

    This Act will also require recruitment agencies to aid those who seek employment and shall prohibit them from denying service due to the age of the individual.

    Penalty:

    Imprisonment between 3 months to 10 years, and a fine of at least P50,000, but not more than P500,000.
    3. Anti-Distracted Driving Act

    The Anti-Distracted Driving Act, also known as Republic Act 10913, castigates drivers who use their phones in non-emergency situations, this is to prevent distracted drivers on the streets.

    Penalties:

    1st Offense: P5,000 fine
    2nd Offense: P10,000 fine
    3rd Offense: P15,000 fine and three months license suspension
    Drivers of PUVs, school buses, and toxic-material carriers who are caught within 50 meters of school premises will be subject to a P30,000 fine and a 3-month license suspension.
    4. Road Speed Limiter Act of 2016

    Republic Act 10916 “requires the mandatory installation of speed limiters in public utility and certain types of vehicles”. All public utility vehicles will have until 18 months after the law comes into effect to install the speed limiters.

    Penalties:

    1st Offense: Suspension of driver’s license for one month, suspension of franchise for three months
    2nd Offense: Suspension of driver’s license for three months, suspension of franchise for six months, and imposed fines
    3rd Offense: Revocation of license, suspension of franchise for at least one year, and imposed fines
    PUVs without a speed limiter installed will be restricted from applying for registration or a franchise permit, and will subject the operator to a P50,000 fine.
    Offenders who tamper with speed limiters will be penalized with 6-36 months imprisonment and a P30,000 fine.
    5. Longer Prescription for Crimes of Graft and Corruption

    An amendment to Republic Act 3019, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, was made, increasing the prescription period for violations against it from 15 years to 20 years. This amendment allows judgment to be carried out within 20 years.

    6. Law on Mandatory Subtitles

    The Law on Mandatory Subtitles, also known as Republic Act 10905, requires “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.

    This law is to aid the deaf community with subtitles. However it holds exemptions for public service announcements that will air for less than 10 minutes, or if providing subtitles will be too expensive. It also holds exemptions for programs airing between 1AM-6AM, and for those that are already textual in nature.

    Penalties:

    Imprisonment for at least 6-12 months, and a fine of at least P50,000, but not more than P100,000
    License to operate may also be revoked.
    7. No Shortchanging Act of 2016

    The act that prohibits business establishments “from giving insufficient or no change to consumers and providing penalties, therefore” is known as Republic Act 10909 or the No Shortchanging Act of 2016. It also requires establishments to label their product with the exact price to be paid for the benefit of their customers.

    Penalties:

    1st Offense: A fine of P500 or 3% of gross sales (whichever is higher)
    2nd Offense: A fine of P5,000 or 5% of gross sales (whichever is higher)
    3rd Offense: A fine of P15,000 or 7% of gross sales (whichever is higher) and a 3-month suspension of operations

  15. Hay ,,,naku pong madring sumama sa rally ng kultong dilaw sa pagpigil na mailibing si dating pres.marcos sa libingan ng mga bayani, nakakahiya, ,ang sabi ni GOD pinatawad niya ang lahat na nagkasala, ,itong si sister yata di nagbabasa ng banal na aklat,,,,hay nakuùuuuu

  16. dapat isabatas ang pagbabawal sa mga corrupt na politiko at government officials na magnakaw at masangkot sa anumang illegal na gawain at ang kparusahan ay death penalty tingnan q lng kung meron pang gustong mangurakot….

  17. Dapat po yung mga basic laws natin ay nasa mga text books sa mga elementary at high school. Huwag lang po sa college sa subject na Philippine Constitution.

    Para yung mga bata habang lumalaki at nag-aaral ay nakakabisado nila ang ating mga batas sa Pilipinas.
    Magandang way po yan para alam nila ang mga bawal at hindi bawal.

  18. Gumawa ng batas pag ang presidente ay magaling mautak Hindi kurap may dignidad may malasakit sa bansa wla ng election..saka Na ang Botohan pag patay Na!..

  19. May hunghang na nagsabi at isinisisi kay aquino ang pagpapakulong sa mga karaniwang magnanakaw samantalang hindi nakukulong ang mga mayaman at may kapangyarihsn. Sukdulan ang katangahan at kamangmangan ng nga ganitong paninira, may masabi lang na mali kunong ginawa si aquino. Bulag sa katotohanan na kaya hindi kaagad masentenciahan at makulong ang.mayayaman ay dahil na rin sakalakaran sa justice system na mga paraan sa paghahabol kapag may senrenvia na at paggamit nga mga abugadong malalakas maglangis sa mga hukom at maesteado. Ejemplo: ang kaso ni imelda na matagal ng.may desisyong final ang korte suprema. Dahil may panbayad sa magalung at.madulas na abugado, nabibimbim ang pagpapatupad ng desisyon at pagpapakulong kay imelda. Pati korte suprema, usad pagong kung kumilos, parang nagpapatabang tupa at haghihintay yata ng “mannah” mula sa langut bago magpalabas ng desisyon. 15 silang mahistrado at may mga abugado pang staff, researcher, writer, proof reader. Parang sobra laki ng yagbols at may luslos ang mga lakajeng maestrado at bay buwa ang.mga babae kung kumilos at magpasya. Kayong.nagtatangatangahan at panatikong walang akamm.kundi manisu at.manira, tahiin ninyo mga labi ninyo para walang lumabas na kamangmangan at katangahsn sa bunganga ninyo.

  20. What about the new Balikbayan Box law?

  21. Dapat noon pa itong mga batas pinatupad ….

  22. Traffic ang solusyunan nyo ..may trabaho nga lagi naman late pagpasok. As pag uwi naman ginagabi na nga uwi nalilipasan pa ng gutom.

  23. Law passed? Good! What about enforcement?

  24. gumawa kayo batas pabor s mahirap, ginagawa nio batas pabor din s inyo, lalo s mayayaman hinatulan hindi nakukulong dahil may pera oh may padrino, ano batas ginagawa nio, tama n wala n batas, lokohan lng.

  25. Puro kayo batas yong mga corrupt sa gobyerno magnanakaw napaparusahan ba ndi nkakalaya din tangina nasaan batas dyan

  26. Good. DI komo may edad na eh di na useful. In fact mas may alam pa nga given years of experience. Or the aged employee will find the job somewhere abroad.

  27. Tama dina bigyan sila Trabaho sa Govierno kasi Bad Record na Boong kata uhan

  28. sana nmn sumunod yung mga kompanya sa Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act

  29. Batas ng aguino iyon kpg mayaman o poliko ka hindi basta paaresto at bigyan ng arrest warrant pero kapg mahirap ka madli ang arrest warrant lalot kalaban kapa sa prtido ng liberal party …tama magnakaw ka ng pagkain kulong politiko ang mag nakaw milyon milyon at kilo kilo shabu at meron lab …laya mahirap isang stick na marijuana kulong o shabu kulong peperahan kapa ng mga pulis.iyan batas ng aquino.ngayon basta nagakasalaka poliyiko ka mayaman ka mahirap ka huli ka

  30. Paanong makakapasa sa board exams ang mga college graduates, e ni hindi marunong magsulat ng english na tama ang grammar. English ang gamit sa board exams, kaya huwag umasa na makakapasa sa board exams.

  31. Were these laws the bills passed by congress and were not signed into law by Pnoy? Automatically becoming a law after 30 (?) days. Am I correct.?

  32. Idefault lahat ng chinese,,palayasin sa pilipinas

  33. Need more enforcer on vehicle laws. IE – safety (bad tires on vehicles mainly jeepny) over loading with people – buses and jeepny are every day things

  34. one such law is the solo parent welfare act (RA 8972). Its not even known to concerned govt agencies like the deped, nha, ched.

  35. Yuuuunnn ang dpat tlagang isabatas kpag mgnnakaw at sangkot s ibat ibang kaso ang isang pulpulitiko dpat ndi na mkkandidato.

  36. If the final changes are more coming, it should be change the standard of board exam in all courses. Many jobless now due to failed of board exam, and could not find any job in government… No more money, no more connection…

  37. Kahit na may batas ipinatutupad mahirap naman yan pasukan sa goberno dahil lahat ng trabaho sa goberno kailangan may qualification daw, kailangan pa ang manga board exam passer para maka pasuk. Ang dami ng jobless ngaun walang trabaho dahil walang board exam, at pawa din pera para pambayad nang board entrance examination para maka pasa…Peru may malaking porpose din ang Presidente kaya ginawa niya ang no age limit for find a job. Big change para sa manga over ages…

  38. Dapat isabatas yong pag my position kana sa governo hindi ka pwd tumalbo pag hndi pa tapos term mo katulad ng senador kahit hindi pa tapos term tatakbo cla presidente or vice mamiyasa sila kc isip nila kung matalo cla senador paren cla kung pwd lang alisin na mga senador wala ng mang selbe pampagulo lang sa governo at saka puros currupt dagdag lang papahirap sa bayan

  39. Isa batas na matanagl nacang human rights at mga judges at shoot to kill lahat nang druglords kasi kon pabayaan yan na buhay naku babalik din yan sa pag bebenta paano kon matapos ang term ni pres duterte ok lang sana kon forver c duterte pres di ba

    • Yes,Human Rights,most times operate with BLIND EYES or WITH PREJUDICE. TIGILAN NA ANG DALDAL,BAWAL SA MGA PINAPATAY NA DRUG LORDS,ADDICTS,PUSHERS. Sila mismo walang tiningnan human rights sa kanilang mga biniktima.These people are Social Hazards,criminals,peace deterrent,and a real social problem. Tama na maubos sila,para wala ng makabalik,pag natapos ang term ng ating Du30.

  40. kong magkaroon ngayon ng martial.law gusto k..maulit

  41. nabuhau din kami sa panahon ng martial law ok naman kami

  42. maganda nga noon ..walang drugs…may disiplina ang tao..ngayon..tignan mo..tignan nyo..lumabas ang totoo…sinira ng aquino ang bayan natin..

  43. yong mga mga pasaway…ang nakatikim disiplina ng martial law

    • Tama, ang mga pasaway lang, rebelde ng gobyerno,ang talagang may problema kapag nag Martial Law. I have live all the years of Martial in peace because gansters are afraid and surrendered most their illegal weapons. Maraming nagawang projects noon ang Marcos Administration-pinakikinabangan pa din natin ngayon-at ang magnanakaw sa gobyerno,komonti-exclusive na lang sa mga Cronies ni Marcos,at si Madam Imelda. We have to buy that in that time,in exchange for peace and infrastructures development.

  44. ikaw na lang virginia….wag knang magdamay…magkano bayad mo mula sa aquino..mula sa l.p…

  45. eh, di maganda! dahil lahat ng mga tao may respito sa isa’t isa!

  46. dapat isabatas ung pulitiko pag may kaso hindi n pueding kumandidato p kahit anong posision s gobyerno, habang buhay, at ung nagnakaw s kaban ng bayan kulong habang buhay, hindi n pueding makalaya p.

    • This is the most wishes of every normal citizens. Dapat may batas na ganyan! Ang abusado,magnanakaw na tao sa gobyerno,politico,is subject to Death Penalty,para katakutan ang maging bandido sa taong bayan. Please dear President,have our tongkongresmen,pass a law like this.

  47. If the measure of a great government is the number and complexity of laws it passes every year, we would have the most amazing government in the world.

  48. a very good move by the Phil. Congress.

  49. dapat ang batas sa agrarian ang palalawigin kc mahina pagkagawa ang agrarian law

  50. Let us join the NATIONWIDE RALLY SPONSORED BY THE VICTIMS OF MARTIAL including those who were killed, tortured, imprisoned and abused during the dark days of the MARCOS DICTATORSHIP. Th is also sponsored by people who OPPOSED THE BURIAL OF THE LATE DICTATOR MARCOS in the LIBINGAN NG MGA BAYANI. The Exact TIME and DATE will be announced LATER. History might be repeated. God bless the supporters of HUMAN RIGHTS and the RULE OF LAW.

  51. Dapat tanggalin mga HR at Managers pag di pinatupad yan

  52. Good Ser..do it d best for the poor

  53. Kya nga dpat blik n bitay para mtakot un mga cra ang ulo s lubid

  54. gagawa ng batas ay para lamang sa mahihirap tulad amin hindi pantay pantay para bang ginawa ang batas para sa mahihirap lang yong mahirap nagnakaw lang ng kalabaw o isang maliit na bagay laman kulong pero iyan mayaman billion ang ninakaw may pa hospital arrest pa cinasabi konwari may pa wheelchair wheelchair pa kuno paawa epek kalaonan abswelto sa kaso ang masakit kaban ng pera ng bayan ninakaw walang kulongbkaya lubayan na yan gagawa uli ng batas para ano pa ang batas dito sa pinas mahina walang pangil kya pinagtatawanan lang kmi mahihirap mga mayayaman at mga gahaman sakapangyarihan

    • Tama ka diyan. As Du30 says, “Obidience in laws has become optional” Ang mahirap lang ang sakop ng batas,kasi tayo ang madaling lokohin,due to lack of education,mistrust to insist,fight for our rights,and directly go air our complaints to proper authorities. Hindi pinakikinggan ang reklamo kapag mahirap ang agrabyado,lalo kung walang ibayad sa Abogago.

    • Tama ka dyan kabayan.bkit pinakawalan ang mga corap cguro malaki ambag nila noong kasagsagan ng campanya ganun nlang pinakawalan

  55. kagulo naman nila gawa sils ng gawa di naman pinapatupad wala rin !

  56. Wag ng dagdagan ang mga batas nakatataranta na sa sobrang dami di naman naipatutupad

  57. Dapat lang maisabatas yan! kahit ang pag hire nang sundalo dapat walang age limit..

    • Kaya nga malaking tulong na po un sa tao na walNg work sana gya nun 72units pwd na mag police or college grad kundi lahat ng tao or mostly filipino people my income at d na maisipn mag hanapbuhay ng illegal

  58. Sakop poh ba nito applicant sa PNP

  59. Meaning I still have a chance for employment ?

  60. Sana po ibatas kapag nawawala presidente magkaroon ng election dahil ang vice nananalangin ng masama sa presidente ,sana hindi …………

  61. The Philippines already has many good laws and now include these. However, until all laws are effectively enforced they are useless and might as well never exist.

    • Laws muST be enforced we filiiins are circumbenting our laws our lawyers must respect and uphold our laws

    • These busybodies in Congress think that passing more laws shows they are doing something when what they really need to do is look at the existing laws, consolidate them and prune those that haven’t been effective. Some of these laws are so draconian they make authoritarian regimes seem relatively benevolent!

    • Raymond Lim you have a excellent grasp on reality here. I couldn’t agree with you more. What use is constantly passing laws if those in existence are not enforced or are so outdated as to be useless. Legislators pride themselves on how many laws they get passed whether the actual laws are necessary or useless. Of course, until a law is enforced it is always useless. Consolidating all the laws currently on the books is a great idea but not one I have heard espoused by Congress.

    • Well you guessed the reason: even the newspapers keep a running tally of most laws authored or passed though they dont dare pass judgment on whether these laws are good or just create another nuisance for the citizenry to endure. It’s basically a numbers game.

    • Raymond Lim There is hope that things can change during Duterte’s term. Filipinos deserve much better.

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