Has Paola Alvarez violated the law?

Has former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s daughter violated the law when she posted a pic of her holding the mace that was taken away from the plenary hall during the congressional session last Monday, July 23?

In her instagram post, Paola Alvarez posted a photo of her holding the House mace with a caption “keeper of the seal”.

The mace was missing Monday evening after the State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte in an attempt to derail the election of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the new House Speaker.

The instagram post suggests Paola Alvarez as having taken hold of the mace.

The Revised Penal Code states that:

Art. 143. Act tending to prevent the meeting of the Assembly and similar bodies. — The penalty of prision correccional or a fine ranging from 200 to 2,000 pesos, or both, shall be imposed upon any person who, by force or fraud, prevents the meeting of the National Assembly (Congress of the Philippines) or of any of its committees or subcommittees, constitutional commissions or committees or divisions thereof, or of any provincial board or city or municipal council or board. (Reinstated by E.O. No. 187).

Art. 144. Disturbance of proceedings. — The penalty of arresto mayor or a fine from 200 to 1,000 pesos shall be imposed upon any person who disturbs the meetings of the National Assembly (Congress of the Philippines) or of any of its committees or subcommittees, constitutional commissions or committees or divisions thereof, or of any provincial board or city or municipal council or board, or in the presence of any such bodies should behave in such manner as to interrupt its proceedings or to impair the respect due it. (Reinstated by E.O. No. 187).

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