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House okays bill for protection versus elderly abuse

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The House committee on population and family relations this week approved a substitute bill seeking to protect senior citizens from violence.

Under House Bill 7030 or the “Anti-Elder Abuse Act,” strong penalties shall be meted for abuses committed against the elderly.

The bill defines 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.”

Such abuse includes any act or series of acts committed by any person against a senior citizen, within or without the family abode, which result or is likely to result in physical or psychological harm, suffering or distress, or neglect including threats of such acts, battery, physical assault, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, according to the bill.

These acts include physical violence, psychological or emotional, economic or domestic violence, and neglect or abandonment.

The bill proposes the following penalties:

Acts of violence constituting attempted, frustrated or consummated parricide or homicide shall be punished in accordance with the provisions of the Revised penal Code;

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;

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

And all other acts of violence under this bill shall be punishable by prision correccional and a fine of P100,000 to P300,000.