ABS-CBN News – Marcos bats for road rage law
By ABS-CBN News
MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. renewed Tuesday calls for a law penalizing road rage crimes following a recent road rage incident in Quezon City.
Marcos said Senate Bill No. 2923, also known as the Road Rage Law, aims to curb the occurrences of senseless violence on Philippine roads, and to instill discipline, control, and restraint among road users.
“More and more countries and states are recognizing this pernicious behavior on the road as alarming and having caused injury and deaths to millions over the years,” the senator said.
In the most recent incident, a tricycle driver and his 12-year-old passenger were wounded after being shot by an unknown individual at the corner of Kamias Road and K-H Street in Barangay West Kamias last June 20.
A witness said the suspect, who was driving a white van with plate number UTA 657, was accompanied by several men.
Marcos filed the Road Rage Law last July 28, 2011. It is now pending in the Committee on Public Order in the Senate for consideration.
The proposed measure imposes higher penalties and sanctions on road rage incidents especially if a deadly weapon is involved. Section 5 of the bill states that a road rage perpetrator should be penalized with reclusion perpetua if a victim dies.