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Art. 12 of RA 10586 provides that the prosecution for any violation of this Act
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Penal Code, Republic Act No. 9165 and other special laws and existing local 2011 (489)
ordinances, whenever applicable. The crime defined under RA 10586, a special 2010 (285)
law, is classified as malum prohibitum. The offender may still be prosecuted
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Sec. 13 (Direct Liability of Operator and/or Owner of the Offending Vehicle) of 5,665,406
RA 10586 provides that the owner and/or operator of the vehicle driven by the
offender shall be directly and principally held liable together with the offender for
the fine and the award against the offender for civil damages unless he or
she is able to convincingly prove that he or she has exercised extraordinary
diligence in the selection and supervision of his or her drivers in general and the
offending driver in particular.

The said section provides that it shall principally apply to the owners and/or
operators of public utility vehicles and commercial vehicles such as delivery vans,
cargo trucks, container trucks, school and company buses, hotel transports, cars
or vans for rent, taxi cabs, and the like.

What laws did RA 10586 repeal?

Sec. 19 (Repealing Clause) of RA 10586 repealed the following laws:

1. Subparagraph (f), Section 56, Article 1 of Republic Act No. 4136,

otherwise known as the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, as


Section 56 (Penalty for violation) of RA 4136 provides that the penalty for (f) Driving

a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor or narcotic drug, a fine of not less

than two hundred pesos nor more than five hundred pesos, or imprisonment of not more

than three months, or both, at the discretion of the Court.

2. Subparagraph (f), Section 5 of Republic Act No. 7924, otherwise known

as An Act Creating the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
(MMDA), Defining its Powers and Functions, Providing Funds Therefor
and for Other Purposes;


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Subparagraph (f), Section 5 of Republic Act No. 7924 provides that among

the powers of the MMDA is to install and administer a single ticketing

system, fix, impose and collect fines and penalties for all kinds of violations of

traffic rules and regulations, whether moving or non-moving in nature, and

confiscate and suspend or revoke driver's licenses in the enforcement of such

traffic laws and regulations, the provisions of RA 4136, and PD 1605 to the

contrary notwithstanding.

3. Subparagraph (a), Section 36 of Republic Act No. 9165; and


RA 9165, Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002". -

Section 36, Subparagraph (a) (Authorized Drug Testing) of RA 9165, or

the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, provides that no driver's

license shall be issued or renewed to any person unless he/she presents a

certification that he/she has undergone a mandatory drug test and

indicating thereon that he/she is free from the use of dangerous drugs;

4. All other laws, orders, issuances, circulars, rules and regulations or parts
thereof which are inconsistent with any provision of this Act are hereby
repealed or modified accordingly.

Atty. Manuel J. Laserna Jr.

Laserna Cueva-Mercader Law Offices
Las Pinas City, MM, PH

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