Veteran lawmaker files bill penalizing children who abandon parents

Veteran lawmaker files bill penalizing children who abandon parents

Veteran lawmaker senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson filed a bill in the Senate that would penalize children whoabandon their old and sick parents.
The “Parents Welfare Act of 2019,” or  Senate Bill No. 29, requires children to provide necessary support to their aging, sick and incapacitated parents.

The bill, which the senator filed in the 17th Congress, seeks to further strengthen filial responsibility and to make it a criminal offense in case of flagrant violation thereof, Lacson said.
Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson
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The bill provides that the parent may file a petition for support before the court and pray for the issuance of a support order against those children who failed or refused to provide the necessary support.
Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) will handle the legal representation of the parent in need of support and that no court fees will be assessed, as provided by Bill No. 29.

The said Lacson bill also carries a penalty for those found to be guilty of such, a penalty of imprisonment of one to six months or a fine of P100,000 if the respondent fails to give support for three consecutive months without justifiable cause.
“Whoever, having the care or protection of a parent in need of support, leaves such parent in any place with the intention of wholly abandoning the latter shall be punished with imprisonment of six years to 10 years and a fine of not less than P300,000,” as provided by the bill.

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Report from Manila Bulletin

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