People who lie under oath should be meted harsher penalties, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said as he filed Senate Bill 253 which seeks to amend several provisions of the Revised Penal Code that deals with false testimony.
The measure aims to introduce changes to Article 180 (False testimony against a defendant); 183 (False testimony in other cases and perjury in solemn affirmation) and 184 (Offering false testimony in evidence).
Under Lacson’s proposal, any person found guilty of giving false testimony in any criminal case will suffer the same penalty for the crime the defendant is being accused of.
The senator also wants government officials or personnel who lie under oath to be perpetually disqualified from public office.
“This is to protect innocent people from being wrongly jailed or having their reputations suffer because of lying witnesses. False testimonies and sworn statements [are]sometimes used to support malicious complaints to harass and persecute others are becoming prevalent,” Lacson said.
“This pernicious practice [of lying witnesses]is aimed not only to harass innocent persons but also to put them behind bars and make their families suffer. These untruthful and inconsistent statement results in men being robbed of their youth and freedom for a long period of time only to be freed later on account that the reason for their incarceration was based on a polluted source,” he added.