30 December 2012

Rizal Day - Year 2012: Prohibited Activities

Whats with this day? Maybe some of you might think this day (December 30, 2012) as an ordinary day. Well, perhaps, you wont notice on the celebration merely because it is SUNDAY. However, in most LGU ( Local Government Unit), they celebrate in the commemorating the life of Jose Rizal. And some of us, enjoying the day to relax and unwind, and we can't deny the fact that some would really do gambling. But here, Gamblers be aware of this!

Today, is Rizal day, and it is a day that Philippines declared it as a National Holiday. A day to commemorate the life and works of Philippines' National Hero - Jose Rizal(Fullname: José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda) (Born on: June 19, 1861 – December 30, 1896).

Philippines celebrated every December 30 in honor of the death of Rizal -- as the day of Rizal's execution at Bagumbayan in 1896. A 116th Anniversary!

And all Philippine flag should lowered half on this day!

Lists of Philippine Holidays for 2013 - > Philippine Holidays 2013


Be aware! Gamblers!

While some of the government offices celebrated the holiday, some of the people enjoyed playing gambling. Well, at least in the stated Law or the Malacanang reminded citizens to, please refrain from doing such prohibited activities in this day to avoid fines and consequences.
According to the LAW: Republic ACT No. (RA) 229 stated:
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 229
AN ACT TO PROHIBIT COCKFIGHTING, HORSE RACING AND JAI-ALAI ON THE THIRTIETH DAY OF DECEMBER OF EACH YEAR AND TO CREATE A COMMITTEE TO TAKE CHARGE OF THE PROPER CELEBRATION OF RIZAL DAY IN EVERY MUNICIPALITY AND CHARTERED CITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
SECTION 1. The existing laws and regulations to the contrary notwithstanding, cockfighting, horse racing and jai-alai are hereby prohibited on the thirtieth day of December of each year, the date of the martyrdom of our great hero, Jose Rizal.

SECTION 2. It shall be the official duty of the mayor of each municipality and chartered city to create a committee to take charge of the proper observance of Rizal Day Celebration of each year, in which he shall be the chairman, which shall be empowered to seek the assistance and cooperation of any department, bureau, office, agency or instrumentality of the Government, and the local civic and educational institutions. Among the ceremonies on Rizal Day shall be the raising of the Philippine flag at half mast in all vessels and public buildings.

SECTION 3. Any person who shall violate the provisions of this Act or permit or allow the violation thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not exceeding two hundred pesos or by imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both, at the discretion of the court. In case he is the mayor of a municipality or a chartered city he shall suffer an additional punishment of suspension from his office for a period of one month. In case of partnerships, corporations or associations, the criminal liability shall devolve upon the president, director, or any other official responsible for the violation thereof.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

Approved: June 9, 1948
Published in the Official Gazette, Vol. 44, No. 8, p. 2627 in August 1948

If you were caught by the authorities, there were fines here: 
  • P200
  • Imprisonment up to 6 months
  • or both.
  • If he/she is a mayor of the municipality or chartered city, he/she will suffer additional suspension from the office for 1 month.

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