Rep. Fariñas asks immunity of congressmen from minor traffic violations
The House of Representative
MANILA, Philippines — House Majority Floor Leader Cong. Rudy Fariñas asked for consideration from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on behalf of congressmen in case of minor traffic violations, especially when they are on their way to attend House sessions.
Fariñas explained that their job as a representative of the people is important especially when they have to put a vote on several issues.
But Fariñas assured that once the session is over, the concerned lawmaker will report to authorities to face his or her violation.
“Even if we commit an offense that resulted in a vehicular accident, when the lawmaker introduces himself as a congressman, do not apprehend right away because based on rules, after the session, the Speaker will surrender the lawmaker. Do not bring a congressman to a precinct right away because he cannot perform his duty and function,” said Fariñas.
Senators and congressmen are entitled to immunity as stated in the Article 6 Section 11 of the 1987 Constitution.
This means, lawmakers in all offenses punishable by not more than 6 years of imprisonment are privileged against arrest while the Congress is in session.
The House of Representative is now strict in implementing their rules in session. Entrances into the plenary are closed by 4p.m.
Lawmakers who fail to enter the session hall by that time will be considered absent. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue
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