Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte signs law on unattended bags

Davao mayor signs law on unattended bags

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Davao mayor signs law on unattended bags

Saturday, October 21, 2017

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has signed the Anti-Unattended Bag Ordinance passed by the City Council last July.

The city mayor made the announcement during the Davao City Peace and Order Council (Cpoc) on Thursday, October 19, 2017.

The ordinance entitled "An ordinance prohibiting and penalizing the act of leaving unattended bag in a public place" was passed by the City Council on July 11, 2017 with a majority vote of 21, with only one abstention.

The anti-unattended bag law will have two prohibited acts.

First prohibited act covers any person who carries and lays down an unattended bag in a public place and walks away even without causing alarm or panic.

The second prohibited act includes any person who carries and lays down unattended bag in a public place and walks away and such act causes alarm and panic.

As a warning, an administrative fine of P100 will be imposed. A P200-fine will be imposed for first, second, and third offense for those who will violate the first prohibition of leaving the unattended bag without causing alarm or panic; while a fine of P1,000, P3,000, and P5,000 or one month imprisonment based on the discretion of the court will be respectively imposed as first, second and third and subsequent offense for those who will leave the bag unattended and shall cause alarm and panic.

Bags left unattended willfully and intentionally must be confiscated in favor of the government and turned over to the police or the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). If the bag remained unclaimed within seven days, the same shall be disposed in accordance with the existing laws.

Any person claiming ownership of the bag will be prosecuted in accordance with the ordinance.

After the mayor's signature, the ordinance shall need to be published for fifteen days for it to be implemented as law.

Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on October 21, 2017.

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