• Senator Grace Poe said the stiffer anti-carnapping bill lapsed into law on July 17
• Poe said the new administration allowed it to lapse into law
• The enrolled copy of the proposed anti-carnapping bill was sent to former President Aquino last June for his signature, but failed to sign it due to time constraints

Senator Grace Poe said the comprehensive anti-carnapping bill that seeks to impose stiffer penalties and make carnapping a non-bailable offense lapsed into law.

The lady senator hoped that the new law, Republic Act No. 10883 or the New Anti-Carnapping Law of the Philippines, will not only hinder the commission of the crime, but would also give car owners peace of mind.

Poe said the enrolled copy of the proposed measure was sent to Malacañang mid-June for former President Benigno Aquino III’s signature, but due to time constraints the bill was not signed.

Former Presidential Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said then that in order to pass a measure into law, the Office of the President must be given at least 30 days to review the bill.

The Constitution said that the President has 30 days to sign or veto a measure approved by Congress; otherwise it will automatically become a law.

R.A. no. 10883 lapsed into law on July 17, 2016.

“It is our hope that this new and comprehensive anti-carnapping law imposing much stiffer penalties, alongside strict implementation by our law enforcers, will hinder the commission of this crime and give vehicle owners peace of mind,” Poe said.

The new anti-carnapping law will take effect 15 days after publication in a newspaper of general circulation. It repeals RA 6539, otherwise known as the The Anti-Carnapping Act of 1972.

As noted by GMA News Online, the new law provides a longer jail term of 20 to 30 years for those convicted of car theft. The old law only provided for jail terms of 14 years and eight months to 17 years and four months.

Under R.A. 10883, persons found guilty of using violence, intimidation or force in the car theft will be imprisoned for 30 years and one day to 40 years.

If the owner, driver, or occupant of the vehicle was killed or raped, the person found guilty by the court would be sentenced to life imprisonment.

Any person involved in the concealment of the crime of carnapping would be imprisoned from six to 12 years and fined with the acquisition cost of the motor vehicle, engine or any other part involved in the violation.