On drunk driving as a crime in the Philippines

I had an erroneous impression on when drunk driving became a crime in the Philippines.

I honestly thought it became a crime only after Republic Act No. 10586, otherwise known as the “Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013,” was signed into law.

In fact, when I wrote about RA 10586 some time ago in this blog, I made it clear that it became a crime only when this law came into existence.

But, recently, I realized I made a mistake. Why? Because I later found out that it was already a crime in the Philippines even before RA 10586 was signed into law.

Approved in 1964, RA 4136, otherwise known as the “Land Transportation and Traffic Code,” contains provisions on drunk driving as a crime.

It provides that no person shall drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor.

And it imposes on the offender the penalties of a fine of not less than one thousand pesos or imprisonment of not less than three nor more than six months, or both, at the discretion of the court.

In comparison with the penalties for drunk driving under RA 10586, the penalties under RA 4136 are obviously much lower.

But why am I writing about this topic again? Because, as I have stated, I made a mistake.

And, as a responsible law blogger, I am fully aware that I am duty bound to rectify it. And, for me, this is the best and only way to do it.

When I started this blog some time ago, my objective was, and will always be, to inform and not to misinform.

And this evidently requires me to provide readers with the right, if not accurate, legal information all the time.

[Author’s Note: This was first posted on the Internet on Monday, December 9, 2013]

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