Slight physical injuries and maltreatment, Revised Penal Code

1. Concept and legal basis

Art. 266. Slight physical injuries and maltreatment. – The crime of slight physical injuries shall be punished:
1. By arresto mayor when the offender has inflicted physical injuries which shall incapacitate the offended party for labor from one (1) days to nine (9) days, or shall require medical attendance during the same period.
2. By arresto menor or a fine not exceeding Forty thousand pesos (₱40,000) and censure when the offender has caused physical injuries which do not prevent the offended party from engaging in his habitual work nor require medical assistance.
3. By arresto menor in its minimum period or a fine not exceeding Five thousand pesos (₱5,000) when the offender shall ill-treat another by deed without causing any injury. (Act 3815, Revised Penal Code, as amended by R.A. 10951)

2. Elements of the offense

Elements of the offense:

1) The offender inflicts upon another physical injuries, which do not amount to less serious or serious physical injuries; and,

2) He incapacitates the offended party for labor for nine (9) days or less, or shall require medical assistance for the same period.


Title 8 – Crimes Against Persons, Book 2, Revised Penal Code

/Updated: January 18, 2023

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