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Law proposed to ban cell phones inside banks

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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:

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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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Ford
Ford
7 years ago

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.

marunongmagbasa
marunongmagbasa
7 years ago

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.

HiERARCH
HiERARCH
7 years ago

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.

weryou@
7 years ago

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.

fce
fce
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7 years ago

IMO,the above noted Article and Section (Art.3, Sec.3) of 1987 Phil. Constitution is about the protection of people’s privacy in communication-written or oral. It’s a protection against illegal wire tapping/listening or mail interception- nothing to do with owning or using a telecom device anywhere.

http://www.kapitbisig.com/philippines/the-1987-constitution-of-the-republic-of-the-philippines-article-iii-bill-of-rights-the-1987-constitution-of-the-republic-of-the-philippines_686.html

kaya-nga
kaya-nga
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7 years ago

@fce

kaya nga sir dapat gawan ng batas, dahil wala pang batas para dyan.

@[email protected]

at ikaw naman sir pag nag post ng comment kala mo wagas, intindihin naman ng mabuti ang binabasa.
kawawa naman ang maniniwala sa yo

naalala ko tuloy ang sign-board na nakita ko sa isang construction, eto sabi:

NO I.D. NO ENTRY
NO Panty – entry

bojoperez
bojoperez
7 years ago

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

wais
wais
7 years ago

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?

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