Arroyos want stiffer penalties for tomb raiders

Camarines Sur Representative Diosdado Arroyo and Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo want grave robbing treated as a separate crime with stiffer penalties.

Camarines Sur Representative Diosdado Arroyo and Pampanga Representative  Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo want grave robbing treated as a separate crime with stiffer penalties.

 

Jess Diaz of the Philippine Star reports the Arroyos have filed a bill "to create a separate act of robbery under the Revised Penal Code for the robbery of cemetery items or the ones committed in cemeteries, graveyards or burial grounds." The Arroyos said grave robbing should carry a stiffer penalty "as it dishonors the dead and causes anguish to those who survived them."

 

If the bill is passed into law, those found guilty of robbing graves or committing robberies in a cemetery "shall suffer the penalty next higher in degree." That means armed robbery in a cemetery could be punishable with up to 30 years in prison.

 

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