“Anti-Elder Abuse Act,” Approved By House Panel

The House Bill 7030 or the “Anti-Elder Abuse Act” provides strong penalties for abuses committed against the elderly since it was never right to even plot on abusing people.

Source: agedcareguide.com.au

The bill’s scope would be in “elderly abuse” as a “single or repeated, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to a senior citizen.”

The House committee on population and family relations last week approved a surrogate bill in quest of defending senior citizens from any form of violent behavior , cruelty, abuse, neglect or abandonment, economic or domestic violence, exploitation and coercion, especially acts harmful to their personal safety, security, dignity or any discriminatory act committed against senior citizens by any person within or without the family abode  which result or is likely to result in physical or psychological harm, and suffering or distress.

Domestic violence refers to acts or threats of violence on a senior citizen committed by:

  1. The current or former spouse of the victim;
  2. People/person related by blood or marriage to the victim;
  3. A person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim;
  4. A person with whom the victim shares a child in common;
  5. People/persons who are/is or has/have been in the social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim, and
  6. A person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim or by any other person, if the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction of the victim provide for legal protection of the victim.

There is an act of violence against a senior citizen if there is neglect by denial or failure to execute obligations or duties of a person who has fiduciary liability to provide care for the senior citizen, to include failure of a home service provider to provide necessary care, refusal to provide a senior citizen, and abandonment or desertion by leaving a senior citizen unattended at a place for such a considerable length of time, as may likely to endanger the health and welfare of a senior citizen, by an individual who has assumed responsibility for providing care for the senior citizen, or by a person with custody of the senior citizen.

The bill proposes the following penalties to people who will neglect the act:

  1. Acts of violence constituting attempted, frustrated or consummated parricide or homicide shall be punished in accordance with the provisions of the Revised penal Code;
  2. Acts of violence under this Act resulting in mutilation shall be punishable in accordance with the Revised Penal Code, provided that those resulting in serious physical injuries shall be punishable with the penalty of prision mayor;
  3. Those resulting in less serious physical injuries shall be punishable by prision correccional and those resulting in slight injuries shall be punished by arresto mayor; and
  4. And all other acts of violence under this bill shall be punishable by prision correccional and a fine of P100,000 to P300,000.

It was a good thing that the house okays this act. A simple bill of this would go great miles and can even improve the welfare of the elderly, also the people.

Sources: Tribune, Politics

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