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pd 401 (02-24-04)

pd 401 (02-24-04)

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PRESIDENTIAL DECREES No. 401 March 1, 1974--------------------------------------------------------------------------------MALACAÑANGM a n i l aPRESIDENTIAL DECREE No. 401 March 1, 1974PENALIZING THE UNAUTHORIZED INSTALLATION OF WATER, ELECTRICALOR TELEPHONE CONNECTIONS, THE USE OF TAMPERED WATER OR ELECTRICAL METERS, AND OTHER ACTSWHEREAS, a paramount objective of Proclamation No. 1081 dated September 21, 1972,is to bring about the formation of a New Society infused with a profound sense of discipline and order;WHEREAS, the foregoing objective is being thwarted by rampant illegal installation of water, electrical and telephone connection, use of tampered water and electrical meters, jumpers and other devices to steal water or electricity, at times with the connivance of some employees and/or officers of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System,the Manila Electric Company or the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, asthe case may be, and the pilferage of water and electric meters as well as water, electricand telephone meters; andWHEREAS, there is an urgent need for putting an end to these illegal activities becausethey not only run counter to the aforementioned objective of Proclamation No. 1081 butalso prejudice the economic well-being of both the companies concerned and theconsuming public; NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines, byvirtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution as Commander-in-Chief of all theArmed Forces of the Philippines, and pursuant to Proclamation No. 1081 datedSeptember 21, 1972, and General Order No. 1 dated September 22, 1972, as amended, dohereby order and decree that any person who installs any water, electrical or telephoneconnection without previous authority from the Metropolitan Waterworks and SewerageSystem, the Manila Electric Company or the Philippine Long Distance TelephoneCompany, as the case may be; tampers and/or uses tampered water or electrical meters or  jumpers or other devices whereby water or electricity is stolen; steals or pilfers water and/or electric meters or water, electric and/or telephone wires; knowingly possessesstolen or pilfered water and/or electrical meters as well as stolen or pilfered water,electrical and/or telephone wires, shall, upon conviction, be punished by prisioncorreccional in its minimum period or a fine ranging from two thousand to six thousand pesos, or both. If the violation is committed with the connivance or permission of anemployee or officer of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, or the ManilaElectric Company, or the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, such employee

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