B. Anti-Fencing Law of 1979

Atty. Jericho Del Puerto

Atty. Jericho Del Puerto

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“Fencing” – is the act of any person who, with intent to gain for himself or for another, shall buy, receive, possess, keep, acquire, conceal, sell or dispose of, or shall buy and sell, or in any other manner deal in any article, item, object or anything of value which he knows, or should be known to him, to have been derived from the proceeds of the crime of robbery or theft. (Section 2[a], P.D. 1612)

 “Fence” – includes any person, firm, association corporation or partnership or other organization who/which commits the act of fencing. (Section 2[b], Ibid.)

1. Liability of officials of juridical persons

If the fence is a partnership, firm, corporation or association, the president or the manager or any officer thereof who knows or should have known the commission of the offense shall be liable. (Section 4, Ibid.)

2. Presumption of fencing

Mere possession of any good, article, item, object, or anything of value which has been the subject of robbery or thievery shall be prima facie evidence of fencing. (Section 5, Ibid.)

3. Clearance/Permit to Sell/Used Second Hand Articles

For purposes of this Act, all stores, establishments or entities dealing in the buy and sell of any good, article item, object of anything of value obtained from an unlicensed dealer or supplier thereof, shall before offering the same for sale to the public, secure the necessary clearance or permit from the station commander of the Integrated National Police in the town or city where such store, establishment or entity is located. The Chief of Constabulary/Director General, Integrated National Police shall promulgate such rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of this section. Any person who fails to secure the clearance or permit required by this section or who violates any of the provisions of the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder shall upon conviction be punished as a fence. (Section 6, Ibid.)

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