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ALARMS AND SCANDAL

What are the acts punished as Alarms and


Scandal?
1. Discharging any firearm, rocket,
firecracker, or other explosive within
any town or pubic place, calculated
to cause or that which produces
alarm or danger.
2. Instigating or taking an active part in
any charivari or other disorderly
meeting offensive to another or
prejudicial to public tranquillity.
3. Disturbing the public peace while
wandering about at night or while
engaged in any other nocturnal
amusements.
4. Causing any disturbance or scandal in
public places while intoxicated or
otherwise.
Does the discharge of firearm or rocket be
particularly done in the town or public
place to constitute Alarms and Scandal?
No. The discharge of firearms, rocket, etc.,
in ones garden located in the town is
sufficient to come in violation of this
provision of law, as long as such act
produces alarm or danger.
How is the discharge of firearm in Alarms
and Scandal be any different from the
DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS which is a
distinct act punished in article 254 of the
same Revised Penal Code?

Under paragraph one, article 155, the


discharge of the firearm should not be
aimed at a person; otherwise, the offense
would fall under article 254, punishing the
discharge of firearm.
Is the discharge of firecrackers or rockets
during fiestas of festive occasions covered
by paragraph 1 of this Article?
No.
How is the phrase calculated to cause
alarm or danger construed to qualify an
act constituting Alarms and Scandal?
The phrase calculated to cause alarm or
danger was taken from the Spanish text
which read que produzca alarma o
peligro.
Hence, it is the result, not the intent, that
counts. The act must produce alarm or
danger as a consequence.
What is Charivari?
The term charivari includes a medley of
discordant voices, a mock serenade of
discordant noises made on kettles, tins,
horns, etc., designed to annoy or insult.
What is/are the punishment for the acts
constituting under article 155 or Alarms
and Scandal?
The penalty of arresto mayor or a fine not
exceeding 200.00 pesos is imposed upon
any person who commits any act/s which
constitutes Alarms and Scandal.