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Vagrancy no longer a penal offense

06 Sep

Herald Digital Law Philippines

Republic Act No. 10158 decriminalized vagrancy. Prior to its enactment, the Revised Penal Code stated:

ARTICLE 202.    Vagrants and prostitutes — Penalty. — The following are vagrants:

1.             Any person having no apparent means of subsistence, who has the physical ability to work and who neglects to apply himself or herself to some lawful calling;

2.             Any person found loitering about public or semi-public buildings or places or tramping or wandering about the country or the streets without visible means of support;

3.             Any idle or dissolute person who lodges in houses of ill fame; ruffians or pimps and those who habitually associate with prostitutes;

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Posted by on September 6, 2012 in Criminal Law

 

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