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Illegal use of uniforms or insignia, Revised Penal Code

1. Concept

Article 179. Illegal use of uniforms or insignia. - The penalty of arresto mayor shall be imposed upon any person who shall publicly and improperly make use of insignia, uniforms or dress pertaining to an office not held by such person or to a class of persons of which he is not a member. (Act No. 3815, Revised Penal Code)

2. Mode of commission

Elements of the offense:

1) The offender publicly and improperly makes use of insignia, uniforms or dress pertaining to an office; and,

2) Such office is not held by such person or to a class of persons of which he is not a member.

References

⦁ Title 4 – Crimes Against Public Interest, Book 2, Revised Penal Code
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