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Great waste and ruin, A14(12) Revised Penal Code

1. Concept

Great waste and ruin, as an aggravating circumstance under the Revised Penal Code – refers to the circumstance when the offender commits the crime by means of inundation, fire, poison, explosion, stranding of a vessel or international damage thereto, derailment of a locomotive, or by the use of any other artifice involving great waste and ruin.

a. Legal basis

Article 14. Aggravating circumstances. - The following are aggravating circumstances:

12. That the crime be committed by means of inundation, fire, poison, explosion, stranding of a vessel or international damage thereto, derailment of a locomotive, or by the use of any other artifice involving great waste and ruin.

(Revised Penal Code)

2. Great waste and ruin

For the aggravating circumstance of great waste and ruin, the offender commits the crime by means of inundation, fire, poison, explosion, stranding of a vessel or international damage thereto, derailment of a locomotive, or by the use of any other artifice involving great waste and ruin.

a. Great waste and ruin

The essence of this aggravating circumstance is that a great waste and ruin results from the offender committing the crime.

Such great waste and ruin may come in various forms, such as:

1) Inundation (or flood),

2) Fire,

3) Pison,

4) Explosion,

5) Stranding of a vessel or international damage thereto,

6) Derailment of a locomotive, or

7) By the use of any other artifice involving great waste and ...

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