- President Rodrigo Duterte has thrown out the “Anti-Palo” bill
- The President has sent a veto message to the Congress about the proposed measure
- It was Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea who confirmed President Duterte’s decision
President Rodrigo Duterte has recently vetoed the proposed law seeking to ban physical violence as punishment to children. KAMI learned that the President has sent a veto message to the Congress about the “Anti-Palo” bill.
In a report by the CNN Philippines, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea has confirmed the President’s decision over “The Positive and Non-Violent Discipline of Children Act.” However, he did not further discuss the details of the veto message.
Former aide Christopher “Bong” Go said that the President prefers a more “balanced and nuanced approach” that both the children and the parents can benefit from.
According to a report by the Manila Bulletin, Medialdea said that the President wants to give the parents the freedom to discipline their children and have the authority over them.
“Yung paternal authority sa bata nandoon [sa mga magulang], sila unang magdi-discipline sa mga anak nila. ‘Wag lang yung sobra,” the executive secretary said.
“Alangan namang ikaw papabayaan mo anak mo iba bubogbog,” he added.
It was House assistant majority leader Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy who authored the bill seeking to have a positive and non-violent punishment to the children, most especially in disciplining them. The proposed measure was passed by the Senate in October 2018, while the House of Representatives passed it in November 2018.
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