Pimentel: Stiffer penalties for reckless imprudence

May 08, 2019

SENATOR Aquilino Pimentel III, wanting to avert damage to properties and loss of lives, wants stiffer penalties, which include longer prison terms, to be imposed on those who will be found guilty of reckless imprudence and negligence.

Pimentel III has filed Senate Bill 118, amending Article 365 of Act 3815, also known as the Revised Penal Code, which he said would serve as a deterrent if enacted into law.

“One of the purposes of criminal laws is the protection of members of society from potential wrongdoers. These laws are directed against acts or omissions which society does not approve of and therefore serve as deterrents against incidents that may claim lives or cause damage to property,” he said.

He also called for the disqualification from probation those who will be found to have intentionally committed reckless imprudence or grave felony that resulted in the death of a person.

The senator cited the 2014 Bulacan State University field trip tragedy, Kentex slipper factory fire and the sinking of M/B Kim Nirvana in 2015, candy poisoning in Caraga region few years ago and a number of other vehicular accidents.

“The tragedies were caused by people who recklessly disregarded standards of care which our laws have imposed.

To avoid similar episodes in the future, it is proposed that Article 365 of the Revised Penal Code be amended to provide our law on reckless imprudence and negligence more teeth by increasing the penalties of imprisonment and fine therein,” Pimentel explained.

The senator proposed the imposition of pricion correccional in its medium and maximum periods.