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Solon files bill vs prank callers

A veteran lawmaker has filed a bill seeking to slap a penalty of up to 12 years imprisonment and R50,000 fine against prank calling.

Under House Bill 2323 or the “Anti-Prank Caller Act,” Muntinlupa City Rep. Ruffy Biazon sought a maximum penalty of arresto menor or one day to 30 days imprisonment and a fine of P5,000 against violators.

“This bill penalizes prank calling to protect the integrity and proper operation of emergency hotlines. These should not be burdened by irresponsible and senseless acts of mischief-makers for these to be able to relay the need for emergency services to the proper responders on time,” Blazon said.

He said his measure seeks to complement the 911 National Emergency Hotline that was launched nationwide last August 1. (Charissa M. Luci)