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Law proposed to ban cell phones inside banks




A lawmaker has proposed a law called the “Cell Phone in Banks Prohibition Act of 2014” that seeks to ban and penalize the use of cell phones and similar devices inside banks as a way to fight criminals that targets the banking industry.

Authored by Rep. Gavini C. Pancho (2nd District, Bulacan), House Bill 5033 or also known as the “Cell Phone in Banks Prohibition Act of 2014” is an Act banning the use of cellular phones or similar devices inside banks and providing penalty for violation thereof.

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“Criminals have used these communications devices and exploited current technology to upgrade their capabilities in an effort to perpetuate their criminal activities and triumph against our law enforcers and defenders of the state,” said Pancho in the bill’s explanatory note.

Listed below are the prohibitions under Section 5 of the bill:

a) Clients and other persons using their cellular phones or similar personal communications devices will not be allowed inside banking premises, or if already inside, will be directed to remove themselves from the premises;

b) Likewise use of personal communications devices by Bank employees is prohibited in common areas in plain view of their clients and patrons;

c) Bank employees may use cell phones/electronic communication devices during lunch or break periods or as authorized in private space away from all clients and common work areas. Personal cell phones/electronic communication devices are to be silenced and stored during working hours;

d) Only medical doctors and emergency health care practitioners will be allowed use of such personal communication devices within bank premises when the use of such personal communication device is related to the care of patients and other emergencies.

Under its Penal Provisions, persons who refuse to abide and insist on using their phones inside the bank shall be punished by a fine not exceeding Php1,000 and will be detained in the detention facilities of the Barangay or Police station. Any bank personnel who fails or refuses to comply shall be punished by a fine of not less than Php2,000 or suspension, or both, if found guilty.

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This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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34 Responses

  1. bank robber says:

    huwag naman!
    mag isip-isip muna sila!
    maapektuhan ang industriya ng bank robberies

    • kagag says:

      kagagohan naman yan

      eh kung 3310 pwede?

      may comment pa ako sa baba
      continuation ng kagagohan opinion ko

  2. camille says:

    bat di na lang signal jammer gamitin nila

    • nameless says:

      Naisip ko din ito. bakit hindi na lang ito ang gawin? Sa ayaw at sa gusto nila, basta criminal gagawa ng gagawa ng paraan yan. Baka nga two-way radio na tago pa ang gamitin.

      Pagkukulang pa din ng mga pulis ito. Kung sila ba laging anjan sa kanto at umaali-aligid, eh mas magdadalawang isip ang mga masasamang loob.

  3. Peejay says:

    You don’t need a law for this. It’s already being done by the banks.

  4. posti says:

    sim registration, tapos na ang usapan. taong may illegal na gawa lang ang hindi papayag nito.

  5. archie says:

    Akala ko matagal nang practice ito sa mga bangko. Wala pa palang written law kaya pala may mga nakikita pa rin akong pasaway.

  6. Welsh says:

    This is a stupid law…

    Bank robberies has been there for more than a century… before Cellphones were invented…

    Hence, I don’t think banning Cellphone use inside banks can lessen or stop bank robberys…

    More HONORABLE Law Enforcers is the main KEY to stop all crimes

  7. Rainbow Rat says:

    Hehe.. kung ano anong law ang naiisip ng mga mambabatas natin. Bakit hindi kaya sila magfocus sa pagpapaayos ng efficiency ng mga pulis natin pati ang pagpapabilis ng justice system?

  8. Nemo Omen says:

    Smartphone is like part of an arm. I use them as a watch, calculator, ebooks, games especially if teller is slow.
    The guy hates cellphones the one who propose the law

  9. lolwut says:

    This law is kinda stupid. As Welsh said, robbery has been happening even before the cellphone era and as what previous comments said robbers will find a way. Maybe the lawmakers who proposed this need to watch more robbery movies like ocean’s 11. This law also is a form of “criminal unless proven guilty” since they assume that all cellphone owners are robbers. Also, banks have high security already right?

  10. bayawjr says:

    paano kung naka connect ang phone sa bluetooth?

    paano kung ang notes mo naka store sa cellphone at kailgan mo ito gamitin?

    is a signal jamming device allowed in branches just to make no data will be sent inside the branch?

  11. pong says:

    oh yeah just try to imprison a valuable client for texting. Just try to send me to barangay and I’ll dry out my bank account. stupid politicians

  12. Easy E says:

    signal jamming is illegal. NTC MC 001-02-2010

  13. fce says:

    Genius proposal.. What’s next?
    1- no cell phone in Divisoria-dami kasing mandurokot doon,gumagamit ng phone.
    2. Bawal din cell phone sa Senado at Congreso-marami ding magnanakaw doon at sobra kung magnakaw- daig pang mga bank robbers. Lahat sila may cell phone na puro mga ‘high end’ model pa.
    3. Mag dagdag pa kayo ng ibang suggestion……

    • Rainbow Rat says:

      4. Bawal magcellphone sa Senado at Congress. Imbis na mga batas ang asikasuhin nila, baka puro facebook lang ginagawa nila kapag may hearing.

  14. kagag says:

    kagagohan naman yan

    nakalista as text file ang bank acct number ko sa celfon ko
    so everytime i make deposits i use my celfon
    mahaba ang savings and checking acct number di ko na minemeorize yan.
    calculator din pang compute ng wi-widrohin
    tsaka sa tagal ng hintay mo sa loob syempre games ka music o mivies

  15. kagag says:

    kagagohan naman yan

    naka sulat as text file ang bank acct no. ko sa celfon ko kaya everytime i make deposits I’d look at my celfon. E mahaba yung Savings at Checking acct. number, di ko na minimemorize.

    tsaka sa tagal ng antay mo sa loob, syempre games ka, music o movies.

    ano ba ang takot nila?

    paki lista nga rito ng mga illegal na pag gamit ng celfon sa loob ng banko

    papatahe lang ng nurse uniform ang mga hold-up men makakagamit na din sila ng cp sa loob.

    kagagohan naman yan.

  16. oyo says:

    cguro madami na silang nahuling bank robbers na gumagawa ng ganyan kaya nila ginagawang batas o baka wala lang silang magawa kasi inutil sila kaya papogi na lang. tuwing malapit na eleksyon dumadami krimen, sino kaya mastermind dyan. o gawa pa ng batas….

  17. Orange says:

    Stupid law. The feeble minded lawmaker must think phones are only used for FB and posting photos at Instagram. Hello, mobile phones are indispensable when doing business these days and what do you do in banks? Business pare. No one goes to the bank para tumambay and maki free wifi. People only play with their phones if the line is long. Otherwise, in and out sa bank. If you’re taking out a loan or opening an investment type of account, eh di lalo na kelangan mo ang mobile phone. So you can check the rates of competitors and still answer your work inbox if any email comes in.

  18. Greg says:

    Stupidity at it’s best. If criminals want to rob a bank, they will rob a bank. But then again, If banning cellphones is a crime deterrent, why don’t they ban cellphones also at department stores because of the martilyo gang? And at other establishments as well. Tanga lang.

  19. ay-naku says:

    Just another stupid proposed bill from a non-thinking, walang magawa na politician. Ganito na ba talaga ka bobo ang mga politician natin? Kung ako naman ang manghoholdap ng bangko, hindi ko na kailangan magpakita pa sa loob ng bangko na hawak ko at gamit ko ang cellphone ko pangtawag o pang text sa kung sino mang ang kasabwat ko na nasa labas. Mamanmanan ko na lang ang loob ng bangko at lalabas ako atsaka ko ititimbre sa mga kasama ko ang hitsura at status ng bangkong titirahin nila. Bakit ko ilalagay ang sarili ko sa alanganin? And for your information, Rep. Gavini C. Pancho, robbing a bank requires careful planning and it takes days before executing the heist. Hindi yan nakukuha sa pa cellphone-cellphone lang. Do i need to elaborate more Mr. Congressman?

  20. pines says:

    Una sa lahat bakit ba tayo ngcecelphone o gumagamit ng gadget sa bangko? Diba dahil naiinip tayo kasi ang haba ng pila at super tagal ng serbisyo ng bangko… Eh kung pagpasok natin ng bangko; naasikaso agad tayo at natapos agad transaction natin; may panahon p ba tayong kumalikot ng gadget? Dba wala..

  21. wais says:

    E di pag pinasok ng mga magnanakaw ang bangko walang makakahingi ng saklolo dahil lahat ng tao sa loob nito ay walang access sa anumang communication device?!!? Nga pala, pabor nga pala sa mga lawmaker na may connection sa kriminalidad, dahil malapit na naman ang eleksyon at alam naman ng lahat na dumarami ang bank robberies na nagaganap sa panahon na ito. Coincidence nga lang ba?

  22. bojoperez says:

    matagal na may ganyan policy yung mga banko ah. bawal mag cellphone sa loob yung customers. o ako lang ba lagi pinag babawalan?

  23. Unless they can provide a study stating that cellphones are direct causes of robberies among banks, this law is in direct violation of Article 3 Section 3 of the 1987 Phil Constitution.

  24. HiERARCH says:

    ay nako ang BPI Boracay dito ang haba-haba at ang tagal tagal ng pila, inaabot ako minsan ng 2 oras at mahigit. minsan ang mga tao nakikinig na lang ng music o naglalaro ng games sa mga cellphone nila para di magmukhang tanga, malibang at di antukin sa loob ng masikip at mataong banko. isipin kasi nila kung ano ang part ng cellphone sa buhay ng tao ngayon ano bago gumawa ng batas.

  25. marunongmagbasa says:

    Sa pagkakaalam ko ay ipinapatupad na ito sa mga bangko, siguro para mawala na yung mga pasaway na naturingan mga matatalino ngunit hindi marunong magbasa ng mga alituntuning nakapaskil sa kanilang paligid. Pero gayun pa man, sayang ang oras at pondo kung uulit ulitin lang natin ang mga alituntunin. Walang naghihintay na kinabukasan.

  26. Ford says:

    naku yan mga stupid na batas na yan,walan katulad yan sa batas na ginawa ni Winnie Castelo, the anti-planking law. Ang daming pwde asikasuhin na mga bagay bagay sa government pati planking pinakikiilaman. Tapos now bawal ang cellphone sa loob ng bank? Pwde siguro gawin is put it on airplane mode yun cellphones pwde pa siguro yun.

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