A video posted on Facebook featured a number of youthful “activists” spray painting anti-government graffiti on a pillar of an elevated highway.
Terms being splashed on the surface included “Oust Du30” and “Du30 supot!”
Offenses related to vandalism attract hefty fines in the Philippines. An example is an existing ordinance in Bacolod City…
It provides penalties for such violations, which include a fine of P1,000 for the first offense, P3,000 for the second offense, and P5,000, plus imprisonment of not less than 30 days, but not more than six months, depending on the gravity of the infraction, to be determined by the court, for the third offense.
For violators aged 15 and below, civil liability will be shouldered by the parents, but those 15 to 18 years old, will be made to restore the property and be required to render service to the school, if enrolled, or render community service to the barangay, the ordinance further stated.
Street “activists” have long been notorious for the impunity they exhibit whilst defacing public property. Most notorious amongst them are communist elements in campus organisations like Anakbayan.
It’s high time Rule of Law be applied consistently to all Filipinos rich or poor.