Bill to increase libel fines from ₱6,000 to ₱30,000 filed by 2 congressmen
They want the imprisonment provision deleted, too.
Philstar.com reports that on Wednesday, October 9, Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) and Rep. Maximo Rodriguez (Party-list, Abante Mindanao) filed House Bill 2562, which moves to "decriminalize libel by abolishing the penalty of imprisonment provision under the Revised Penal Code" and "increase the fines for violators from the present P6,000 to P30,000."
The report noted: "The current law provides that a person guilty of committing libel is penalized with imprisonment ranging from arresto mayor or one month and one day to 6 months, to prision correccional or 6 months and one day to six years, aside from the fine ranging from P200 to P6,000."
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