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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Kongreso, isinusulong ang pag-pasa ng panukalang "cat-calling" bill


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Sa ikatlo at final na pagbasa ng bill na nagsusulong sa pagpaparusa sa pambabastos sa kahit anong sekswalidad sa mga pampubliko na lugar. 



Si Siquijor Rep. Rav Rocamora, at Akbayan partylist Rep. Tom Villarin, ang mga pangunahing may-akda ng panukalang batas, ay nagalak na sa "matagal na paulit-ulit" na pagpasa ng House Bill No. 8794 o mas kilala na “An Act Defining Gender-Based Street, Public Spaces and Online Sexual Harassment, Providing Protective Measures and Prescribing Penalties Therefor”.

Ayon kay Rocamora, sa panukalang batas na ito ay mabibigyan ng lega na proteksyon lalo na ang mga kababaihan sa ano man uri ng sexual harrassment. 

“This is a step in the right direction towards giving the legal protection for women and other targets of sexual harassment. It has been too long that our society has been passive towards instances of harassment such as catcalling or dog whistling or other forms of harassment,” ayon kay Rocamora, isa sa mga principal authors ng bill.



“This bill is part of our efforts to create a culture of respect for all people, most especially those who have been the main targets of sexual harassment in public and online spaces: women and the members of the LGBT community,” aniya niya. 

“This proposed legislation will combat sexual harassment committed outside the ambit of the current Anti-Sexual Harassment Act (Republic Act 7877). There are two crucial limitations to the existing law. First, sexual harassment under RA 7877 is limited to workplace, educational and training environments. Second, there has to be a superior-subordinate relationship between the harasser and the victim such as between a teacher to a student or a supervisor to an employee.”

“Clearly, there are numerous instances of sexual harassment that fall outside of RA 7877. Plus, the fast development of communications technology has led to creation of new perverted ways to harass people. Among the crucial provisions in our proposed law is that a superior-subordinate relation between the harasser and the victim is not needed, it punishes harassment committed online, it provides legal protection for the victims, and has education and awareness campaigns and modules to educate the public about sexual harassment.” 



Para naman kay Villarin, isa sa mga may akda ng naturang bill, matagal na daw itong dapat na inaprubahan dahil sa mga pamilya na patuloy na nakakaranas ng pambabastos sa loob at labas ng kanilang pamamahay. 

“This is a long-overdue and highly needed security measure for all Filipino families, whose members have been repeatedly cat-called, whistled at, groped, and victimized by other acts of sexual harassment in public spaces. We cannot protect our families from bigger threats if we cannot even ensure that our streets are free from acts of sexual harassment in public spaces.”

“Passing this bill will also send a strong message to everyone: No means no, whether at home, at school, in the workplace, or in public places. There is no room for sexual harassment–whether in actions, words, or gestures–in this day and age,” ayon kay Villarin. 



Mula nang ipasa ng Senado ang bersyon ng panukalang batas noong Oktubre ng nakaraang taon, susuriin ang panukalang-batas sa antas ng bicameral conference committee kung saan ang mga bersyon ng Senado at House ay magkakasundo.

Kapag ito ay nalagdaan na ng Pangulo, ang panukalang batas ay nagsasaad na ang sino man ang gumawa ng pambabastos sa kalye at pampublikong lugar ay dapat na maparusahan, depende sa bigat at dalas ng krimen, kasama ang: isang serbisyo sa komunidad na kasama ang pagdalo sa isang Sensitivity Seminar para sa Gender na isinasagawa ng Philippine National Police (PNP); pagkabilanggo; o multa na P10,000 hanggang P500,000.




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Daily Pilipinas Source: Manila Bulletin


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