- Senator De Lima filed Senate Bill 1949
- This Senate Bill seeks to raise the age of sexual consent
- It has been alarming that Philippines is one of the countries with lowest age of sexual consent
Senator Leila de Lima filed a bill petitioning to raise the age of sexual consent from 12 to 18 years old.
Senate Bill 1949 seeks to protect the youth from exploitation and abuse. De Lima filed this in amendment to Republic Act (RA) 8353 also known as Anti-Rape Law (1997).
RA 8353 states that only 12-year-old victims and below have to go through court hearings to prove that they were sexually assaulted beyond reasonable doubt.
KAMI learned from Rappler that according to De Lima, “The innocence of the youth, prevent sexual predators from deflowering children, and finally put premium on the virtue of hope of this nation,”
“In increasing the age of consent to 18 years old, the State is sending a message – loud and clear – the youth will be protected by all means and at all costs,” De Lima added.
It has alarmed De Lima that Philippines is one of the countries with the lowest age of sexual consent. She even added that children aging 12 are just going through 6th grade and lack sex education.
“Allowing our children at the tender age of 12 years old to decide on their own whether the time is proper to engage in sexual intercourse would be like abandoning them blindfold in a tunnel of mazes,” as per De Lima.
Based on a data by Philippine National Police (PNP), De Lima cited that President Duterte’s hometown, Davao City, has the highest record of rape cases all over Philippines with 42 reported rape cases at the 2nd quarter of 2018.
A year ago, Senator De Lima was accused of being involved in illegal drugs found in New Bilibid Prison. She was then imprisoned as President Duterte continued to fight against drugs.
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