Anti-Spitting Act of 2013 filed by congressman, suggests fines for those who spit in public places

In this case, it’ll pay to keep your mouth shut.

This is one quirky (for lack of a better word) bill that we’ll definitely be supporting.


Maricel Cruz of Manila Standard Today reports that Rep. Eulogio "Amang" Magsaysay has filed House Bill 299 or the Anti-Spitting Act of 2013 before  the House of Representatives. The bill "seeks to criminalize spitting in public places since the act might cause the spread of tuberculosis (TB) and other contagious diseases." Spitting, as the bill explains, covers "saliva, phlegm, mucus, or other substances from the mouth."


Magsaysay identifies the coverage of the term "public places" as "city streets, alleys, sidewalks, parks, malls, markets, streets, public carriers, public halls, buildings, banks, public squares, terminals, shopping and business centers, schools, churches, hospitals, and similar  areas." In short, anywhere where other people may be digusted or endangered by you doing so.


The report pointed out: "Under the measure, any person caught spitting in public places shall be fined with P500 for the first offense and P1,000 for the second offense. The three-time offender shall pay a fine of P2,000 and attend a health seminar conducted by the Department of Health with the local health units or face a subsidiary imprisonment not exceeding six months or both at the discretion of the court."


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