Spitting in public will soon become a crime, if a House bill is passed into law.
Anti-spitting laws have been enacted in the jurisdictions of neighboring countries like Malaysia, China, and Singapore. Only in Davao City that the similar law was implemented in 2010.
Magsaysay said the bill will curb the spread of tuberculosis, hepatitis, and other diseases.
"Mycobacterism tubercolosis, the bacteria which causes TB, can survive in a dried state for weeks up to eight months. Spitting has been identified as one of the factors in the spread of TB," Magsaysay citing a World Health Organization (WHO) report.
TB is the sixth leading cause of death in the country.