LOOKING after the elderly is one of the traits Filipinos are best known for, and Sen. Panfilo Lacson wants to make sure that such practice is not forgotten by making abandonment of parents a criminal act.
Lacson, in filing Senate Bill (SB) 257 or the “Parents Welfare Act of 2016,” said while Filipinos are known to have a moral and natural obligation to care for their parents, cases of elderly, sick and incapacitated parents being abandoned by their own children have been increasing.
In his measure, Lacson wants to penalize those who abandon or fail to support their elderly parents, especially those who can no longer fend for themselves.
Under his bill, elderly parents may file a petition for support before a court.
The court may order the payment of a lump sum, a monthly allowance or periodical payment.
If approved, children who fail to give support for three consecutive months without justifiable cause could face imprisonment of one to six months, or a fine of P100,000.
Those who leave parents with the intention of wholly abandoning them face imprisonment of six to 10 years and a fine of at least P300,000.
Lacson also wants to establish homes for the elderly, sick or otherwise incapacitated parents in every province and highly urbanized city.