House Bill No. 5901 or Anti-Spitting Act of 2011 duplicates “Anti-Littering Law”: A reaction
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Republic of the Philippines
The invested efforts of Alliance Volunteer (AVE} partylist Congressman Eulogio ‘Amang’ R. Magsaysay in filing House Bill No. 5901 or Anti-Spitting Act of 2011were highly commendable. However, his bill seeks to duplicate the “Anti-Littering law” which already has embraced anti-spitting in public places.
The existing “Anti-Littering Law” prohibits urinating, defecating and spitting in public places. Anyone who will violate it will be fined Five Hundred Pesos (P500} for the first offense or will be asked to render eight hours of community service.
There will be no need for AVE Representative Magsaysay to pursue House Bill No. 5901 because it will only be a duplication of an existing law. As proposed, it will only deal with anti-spitting which is one of the offenses already embodied in the Anti-Littering Law. And the proposed bill will not seek to amend the Anti-littering Law but poses itself as a separate proposed legislation.
The Philippines and its people do not need another anti-spitting law. What is needed most “is to strictly implement the Anti-littering Law”. Congressman Magsaysay can do more service to the nation by calling for a revitalized implementation of the said existing law rather than pushing for the enactment of H.B No. 5901.
Yes, the initiative of Congressman Magsaysay is highly commendable for his proposal indicates his true concerns for the Filipinos to live in good health, free from communicable diseases, and to instill cleanliness, sanitation and orderliness in public places. Nevertheless, all of these are already explicitly or implicitly enshrined in the “Anti-Littering Law”.