Last Friday night, around 2am (actually Saturday morning), we were on our way to Valencia after leaving Bambulo when we came upon an accident. There was a guy laying in the middle of the road, still on his motorcycle, next to a big truck that was apparently parked. I am not sure what happened, but by appearances, maybe the guy ploughed into the back of the truck (no headlight??) and landed in the middle of the road. Well, we got out of the car to see if we could help, but he was bleeding from every orifice in his head and absolutely no chest movement. I didn\\\'t touch him but the bystanders told be he was dead and the authorities had been called. We decided that there was nothing we could do so we left.
Afterwards, I started wondering about liability? Remembering back to when I was younger, I knew we could be sued for trying to help someone in an accident (if the accuser believed that we worsened the patient\\\'s condition). That problem was solved in many countries with a Good Samaritan Law or Act requiring us to help the injured but protecting us against legal action. I did some research and found that there is no such law or act in the Philippines.
Now to make it interesting, here is an excerpt from the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines:
Art. 275. Abandonment of person in danger and abandonment of one\\\'s own victim. — The penalty of arresto mayor shall be imposed upon:
1. Any one who shall fail to render assistance to any person whom he shall find in an uninhabited place wounded or in danger of dying, when he can render such assistance without detriment to himself, unless such omission shall constitute a more serious offense.
2. Anyone who shall fail to help or render assistance to another whom he has accidentally wounded or injured.
After discussing this matter with some friends, and being a \\\"foreigner\\\", I am glad I didn\\\'t actually touch the guy, looking for a pulse. It could have been enough to incite someone to want to sue me. I heard a story where a bus hit some people on a motorcycle here in the Philippines, and, instead of staying at the scene, the driver proceeded immediately to the nearest police station to report the accident, thus preventing any chance of getting mauled by an angry crowd, but putting himself at risk of being charged for leaving the scene of an accident. He probably received this advice from the bus company management as part of his training. In any case, in the future, I will think twice before even leaving my vehicle at the scene of an accident until a Good Samaritan Law gets passed in this country but it would be heart-wrenching to see somebody die that might be saved with a few bandages.