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Lawmaker files bill seeking higher fines against telecom violators

Adrian M. Reodique | Dec. 1, 2015
The bill will also provide legal mechanism to allow the National Telecommunications Commission to adjust the penalties.

Tarlac Second District Representative Susan A. Yap filed House Bill 6161 which seeks to increase fines and penalties of Public Communication Entities (PCE) who violate the terms and conditions set by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

With this bill, the current penalty of P200 up to P25, 000 per day of violation will be raised to P300, 000 up to P5, 000,000 per day of violation.

According to Yap, the current penalties imposed to PCE violators are "obsolete and insignificant given the high level of income earned by Public Communication Entities."

In the HB 6161, Yap explained that imposing higher fines will ensure the compliance of PCE "with the law and the NTC's certificate, authority, order, decision, resolution or regulation." Apart from that, the bill would also provide a "legal mechanism to allow the NTC to adjust penalties based on a rational standard."

The NTC is also authorised and empowered to impose such fine, after due notice and hearing.

 

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