Peace and Order

WATCH YOUR BAGS | Carelessness might get you into trouble in Davao

July 12, 2017 By

The Davao City Council has approved on third reading and final reading the ordinance that penalizes individuals, who would leave their unattended baggage for a long period of time.

The ordinance, approved on Tuesday, was primarily aimed at addressing the threat of terrorism here as officials agreed that unattended bags or packages can contain explosives and threaten the security of the city.

The ordinance has two main provisions in determining that a person committed the offense:

1. Any person who carries and lays down an unattended bag in a public place and walks away — even without causing alarm and panic.

2. Any person who carries and lays down an unattended bag in a public place and walks away and such act causes alarm and panic.

Under the first provision, first-time offenders will be warned and reprimanded. The second offense under the same provision will be charged with an administrative fine of P100 and P300 for the 3rd offense.

Under the second provision, first-time offenders will be fined P1,000, P3,000 for the 2nd-time offenders, and P5,000 or one-month imprisonment or both — depending on the discretion of the court — for the 3rd-time offenders.

Unattended bags will also be confiscated and turned over to the police or the National Bureau of Investigation. If the bag remains unclaimed within seven days, it shall be disposed of properly.

The ordinance will take effect 15 days after its publication in two local newspapers. CIO