Throwing rocks, hard objects at vehicles will soon carry stiffer penalties

  • Persons throwing hard objects at moving vehicle may soon face 25 years imprisonment
  • A penalty of up to P100,000 will also be imposed on offenders
  • The bill has been approved on its second reading

MANILA, Philippines  –  Person found guilty of throwing rocks and hard objects at moving vehicles may soon face stiffer punishment of up to 25 years imprisonment and P100,000 penalty.

This comes after the House of Representative approved on second reading House Bill 7163 which seeks to penalize the act of throwing hard objects at motor vehicles while these are in motion or stationary.

The bill’s principal author of the bill, Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte First District Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas said this practice by unscrupulous persons, who, for whatever reason, throw objects at moving vehicles are putting the lives and limbs of passengers in danger, as well as damaging the vehicle itself, has to be stopped.

“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. Thus, the wellbeing of the travelers as well as the drivers and the owners of the vehicles is ensured,” said Fariñas.

Once approved and signed into law, offenders shall now face the following penalty, as provided for in the bill:

  1. Twenty-five years imprisonment and a fine of P100,000, in addition to the civil liabilities, if such act results in the death of any person;
  2. Five 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; and
  3. One year imprisonment and a fine of P10,000, in addition to the cost of repair of the vehicle.