House bill seeks P10,000 fine for people cutting in line or breaking queues

Do we really need to have a law for staying in line?

Gil Cabacungan of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that a bill "Penalizing the Act of Cutting in Line, Breaking Lines, and Other Related Acts and for Other Purpose" has been filed by Ako Bicol Party-list Reps. Christopher Co and Rodel Batocabe.


The report explained that the bill seeks to "enforce peace and order and instill the values of timeliness, courteousness, discipline, patience and respect" by penalizing persons who break the line or jump a queue with a P10,000 fine or one month imprisonment or both. The fine will be raised to P25,000 and the period of imprisonment to six months "if the offense is committed in areas declared as being under emergency or calamity conditions."


Specifically, the bill prohibits "overt or covert acts such as jumping a queue or using any device or scheme to save a slot or space in a queue; break up a line or employ devices and schemes to disrupt the order and cause confusion in a physical or virtual queue; use of any physical force, threats, intimidation or influence by virtue  of power, social status, prominence, or reputation to cut in, break up, or disrupt the order of a line; or employ devices, schemes, and deceit in order to cut in, break up, or disrupt the order of a queue; and knowingly giving consent to these acts  by allowing another person to insert, cut in,  break up  or disrupt the order of a line."


However, exemptions to following the rule are provided in the bill for senior citizens, pregnant women and persons who need immediate access to goods and services because of their health condition or in the interest of national security.



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