- An online post claimed that rapists in the Philippines are being protected by the Commission on Human Rights
- The post compared Philippines’ punishment for rape to other countries
- However, it has been reported that the claim was false and misleading the public
- Republic Act No. 8353 or the Anti-Rape Law of 1997 states that rape is punishable by law
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A social media post has claimed that rapists cannot be punished in the Philippines because they are being protected by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).
However, KAMI learned that the claim was false and misleading the public.
In a report by Rappler, the post compared the Philippines’ punishment for rape to other countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, China, United Arab Emirates, and Afghanistan.
The post has been posted by a netizen to a Facebook group called I LOVE PHILIPPINES and it got over 350 engagements as of writing.
Rappler reported that the claim was false because Republic Act No. 8353 or the Anti-Rape Law of 1997 states that rape is punishable by law. It was stated that anyone found guilty of such crime will face 6 years of jail time to reclusion perpetua.
Before, the death penalty was among the punishments for rape, until it was removed by the government in 2006.
Meanwhile, the mandate of CHR is to protect human rights, and not criminals. Its job is to investigate violations by state agents or private entities. It guarantees that the government upholds human rights in the country and does not violate the rights of the people.
You may read more about the Commission of Human Rights here.
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