del Rosario v Bengzon; G.R. No. 88265; 21 Dec 1989; 180 SCRA 521

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Congress enacted the Generics Act of 1988 (Republic Act No. 6675), Section 12, paragraphs b, c and d of which prescribe graduated penalties ranging from a reprimand to a fine of P10,000 ,and for the third offense, the suspension of the physician’s license to practice his profession for one year or longer, at the discretion of the court.

Whether or not the Generics Act violate the constitutional guarantee against excessive fines and cruel and degrading punishment.

NO. The penalty of suspension or cancellation of the physician’s license is neither cruel, inhuman, or degrading. It is no different from the penalty of suspension or disbarment that this Court inflicts on lawyers and judges who misbehave or violate the laws and the Codes of Professional and Judicial Conduct.

Petition is DISMISSED for lack of merit.

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