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t’s probably great that our newly-elected congressmen and senators are already getting busy creating new laws but it is, perhaps, high time they spend some time reviewing the old ones too, right?

Here are 8 laws that we think deserve a look-see from our officials. Let us know what you think in the comments section.


[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Outdated-Laws-8t.jpg" type="subheading"]8. Article 247 of the Revised Penal Code: Death or physical injuries under special circumstances[/text_image]

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Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares tried to have this law repealed in 2010 under the argument that the penalty of destierro is but a “slap in the wrist” of the killer.

Now we all know that marriage and family are very serious units of this predominantly Catholic country but justified murder as an actual thing? It could be a little too much.


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[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Outdated-Laws-7t.jpg" type="subheading"]7. Article 287 of the Revised Penal Code: Unjust Vexation[/text_image]

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Like Senator Miriam Santiago said, there is no clear definition of this law.

A lawyer friend says a lot of time is wasted mediating parties that annoy each other. Watching a particular reality show that poses as a Barangay hall is evidence of this.



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Our Forestry Laws were last amended in 1991 and the Sustainable Forest Management Act remains unlegislated.

Those with licenses to cut trees are forced to cut at least 70% of their allowable annual cut of timber. They HAVE to cut trees or they are penalized. 95% of forests are lost because of land conversion, only 5% are from illegal logging.


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We have the Bank Secrecy Law (Republic Act No, 1405) and the Foreign Currency Deposit Act (Republic Act No, 6426).  How can we know what’s really happening if we can’t even open the envelope?



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How can we criticize erring leaders if citizens are being threatened by the leaders themselves?


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The Tariff and Customs Code of 1957 (Republic Act No,1937)--yes, 1957--“drags our competitiveness down” according to Commissioner Ruffy Biazon. It's been more than 50 years since this has been reviewed. With the technological advances of the Internet, the market is truly global. A lot of government officials don't even know what Amazon Shopping is.



[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Outdated-Laws-2t.jpg" type="subheading"]2. The Philippine Immigration Act[/text_image]

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This act was enacted in 1940. It’s been a whopping 73 years. Maybe it’s really time for a change?

because a lot has changed since then and the Philippines has an even stronger push towards a new frontier of tourism.

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[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Outdated-Laws-1t.jpg" type="subheading"]1. Lina Law[/text_image]

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This was a path supposedly paved with good intentions. The Lina Law is the revised Urban Development Housing Act of 1992 (known as UDHA or Republic Act No. 7279) which gives rights to access to land and a home for the marginalized. It also demands a concrete urban development plan for the cities. Perhaps the relevant question to pose is “what now?”



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