House Bill 4841, otherwise known as the "Lemon Law of 2011," was passed by the House of Representatives on August 15, 2011, and transmitted to the Senate on August 18 of the same year. However, nothing has happened since then. With the next assembly of both legislative branches being the 16th Congress of the Philippines after the coming elections in May, this means the bill has to be filed once more for it to become a law.
The bill's principal author, Rep. Maria Carmen Zamora (1st District, Compostela Valley), is still optimistic, however, that the Senate will still approve the proposed measure that will provide consumers "with relief upon purchase of a defective brand-new vehicle."
Under the bill, if the manufacturer or the distributor is not able to correct the vehicle's defects after four separate repair attempts, the buyer may invoke his/her right to have the whole amount paid for the car refunded.
The proposed lemon law will cover a 12-month period or the first 20,000km mileage, whichever comes first.
"During this Lemon Law rights period, the consumer can report any nonconformity to the standards and specifications of the manufacturer, the distributor, the authorized dealer or the retailer, and pursue any right provided for under this act," Zamora added.