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Anyone who will be caught violating the provisions of the senior citizen law in the Philippines will face the corresponding penalties for their action. Here’s a quick guide to such penalties.
I know a person who was given a senior citizen card even though the person is not yet a senior citizen. Are there any penalties for a person illegally using the card? What are the penalties?
Yes, R.A. No. 9994 provides that any person violating the provisions of the law shall be penalized by a fine of not less than Fifty Thousand Pesos (Php 50,000) but not exceeding One Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php 100,000) and imprisonment for not less than two (2) years but not more than six (6) years for the first violation.
For the succeeding violation, a fine of not less than One Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php 100,000) but not exceeding Two Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php 200,000) and imprisonment for not less than two (2) years but not more than six (6) years for the said violation.
Any person who abuses the privileges granted under the law shall be punished by a fine of not less than Fifty Thousand Pesos (Php 50,000) but not exceeding One Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php 100,000) and imprisonment of not less than six (6) months.
If you are a foreigner violating any of the provisions of the law, you shall be deported immediately after service of sentence without further deportation proceedings.
The business permit, permit to operate, franchise or the like of any person, business establishment, or entity shall also be canceled upon the filing of the complaint and after due notice and hearing.
Where shall I go if I have a complaint on an establishment violating the 20% discount rule?
All complaints on non-compliance with the 20% discount shall be lodged with the respective LGU OSCA Office where the purchase was made or where the senior citizen resides, whichever is convenient to the latter.
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