Anti-Spitting Act of 2013 criminalizes spitting; fines, penalties revealed

Party list representative Eulogio “Amang” Magsaysay has filed House Bill 299 or the Anti-Spitting Act of 2013.

A recent press release from the lower house says the solon proposes to criminalize spitting in public places to prevent the spread of tuberculosis (TB) and other contagious and airborne diseases.

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Congressman Magsaysay, who hopes the measure would also “help spread environmental and health consciousness among citizens apart from changing societal habits and lifestyles,” said there is an urgent need to “change hazardous society habits like spitting” due to the “occurrence of global pandemics like SARS, bird flu and other contagious and airborne diseases.”

Once the proposed Anti-Spitting Bill becomes a law, any person will be prohibited “from carelessly or intentionally spitting saliva, phlegm, mucus or other substances from the mouth in public places such as city streets, alleys, sidewalks, parks, malls, markets, streets, public carriers, public halls, buildings, banks, public squares, terminals, shopping and business centers, schools, churches, hospitals and other similar areas.”

Violators will be obliged to pay the following fines / penalties:
  • 1st Offense - P500
  • 2nd Offense - P1,000
  • 3rd Offense - P2,000
Take note that third-time offenders will also be required to attend a Department of Health (DOH)-conducted seminar or may face imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both at the discretion of the court.

Are you in favor of the Anti-Spitting Act? Should this bill be approved?