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june15.2013Lawmakers want life imprisonment for carnapping

june15.2013Lawmakers want life imprisonment for carnapping

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Lawmakers want life imprisonment for carnapping
Lawmakers vowed to push for the passage of a bill imposing life imprisonment for carnapping irrespective of the value of the vehicle.Records of the House of Representatives show that HB 6909, which increases the penalty to life imprisonment, has been approved on third reading on the eve of the June 6
 sine die
adjournment of the 15
th
Congress.HB 6909 is a consolidation of 13 separate but similar bills filed jointly or individually by some 53 members of the House. However, time limitation gave themeasure no chance of passage by the Senate.Article 27 of the Revised Penal Code (RA 3815) qualifies that under 
reclusion perpetua, “
any person sentenced to any of the perpetual penalties shall be pardoned after undergoing the penalty for 30 years, unless such person by reason of his conduct or someother serious cause shall be considered by the Chief Executive as unworthy of pardon.”Several of the leading sponsors or authors of the measure include, among others,Reps. Rufus Rodriguez, Jorge Banal, Salvio Fortuno, Emmeline Aglipay, Rodolfo Fariñas,Karlo Alexei Nograles, Winston Castelo, Romero Quimbo, Ben Evardone, MarlynPrimicias-Agabas, chairperson of the sponsor-Committee on Revision of Laws, andsenator-elect Juan Edgardo Angara.“The growing incidence or prevalence of carnapping which, in many cases, result indeath or serious injuries to victims and innocent persons calls for a commensurate penalty.In these cases, life imprisonment,” Rodriguez said.One key provision of the proposed statute provides for the maximum penaltywithout the benefit of parole to any person found guilty of carnapping by means of violence against or intimidation of any person, or force upon things and the owner, driver or occupant of the carnapped motor vehicles killed or raped in the course of thecommission of the crime of carnapping.Likewise, any person who violates any provision of the proposed act shall be punished with imprisonment of not less than
 prision mayor 
in its maximum period of 6years and one day to 12 years and a fine equal in amount to the acquisition cost of themotor vehicle, motor vehicle engine or any other part involved in the violation.The measure states “it shall be unlawful for any person, office or entity to buy or sell any second hand spare parts taken from a carnapped vehicle. It shall also be unlawfulto transfer or use a vehicle plate from one to another without securing the proper authority
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