29 bills lapse into law sans Aquino signature
TWENTY-NINE bills passed under the 16th Congress have lapsed into law without the signature of former President Benigno Aquino III.
Among those bills which lapsed into law are the AFP Derivative Retirement Pension for Children/Survivors Act of 2016, Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the bill increasing the prescriptive period for acts of corruption and the Mimaropa Act.
Under Republic Act 10911, or the Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act, it shall be unlawful for an employer to decline an employment application and impose early retirement on the basis of an employee’s age, among others.
Violation of the said law shall be punished with a fine of P50,000 but not more than P500,000, or imprisonment of not less than three months but not more than two years, or both, at the discretion of the court.
RA 10882, or the AFP Derivative Retirement Pension for Children/Survivors Act of 2016 exempts surviving children of military personnel who are mentally incapacitated from the termination of benefits upon reaching the age of 21 years, amending Section 25 of PD 1638 or the AFP Military Personnel Retirement and Separation Decree of 1979.
RA 10910 increases the prescriptive period for violations of RA No. 3019, otherwise known as the “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act,” from the present 15 years to 20 years.
RA 10879, or the Mimaropa Act, establishes the Southwestern Tagalog Region, or Mimaropa, to be composed of Mindoro Oriental, Mindoro Occidental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan.
Other bills which lapsed into law last July 17 were RA 10870 (Philippine Credit Card Industry Regulation Law), RA 10871 (Basic Life Support Training in Schools Act), RA 10872 (An Act Separating the Cagasat National High School in Cordon, Isabela,
RA 10875 (the charter of the National Science and Technology High School in Rizal), RA 10876 (Creating Tinglayan National High School), RA 10877 (Creating the Inil U. Taha National High School), RA 10878 (Strengthening the direct credit support to agrarian reform beneficiaries, small famers and fisherfolk).
RA 10880 (Creating an additional branch of the Regional Trial Court with seat at Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro), RA 10881 (Amending investment restrictions in specific laws governing adjustment companies), RA 10883 (New Anti-Carnapping Act of 2016) and RA 10884 (Balanced Housing Development Program Amendments).