- The Safe Streets & Public Spaces Act has been passed into law
- Senator Risa Hontiveros welcomed the passage of the measure she authored and sponsored
- The law penalizes any form of street harassment like cat-calling, wolf-whistling, etc.
The Safe Streets and Public Spaces Act or the “Anti-catcalling” act has been passed into law.
KAMI learned from the office of Senator Risa Hontiveros, the principal author and sponsor of the Senate bill, that this is a “massive victory” and a “major pushback” against the Philippines’ “growing bastos cultures.”
In a statement, Hontiveros explained that the law protects everyone, most especially women and LGBTQ members who get cat-called in different public spaces like the streets, school, and offices.
"The law is not a measure to punish men. It actually protects men from capitulating to sexist acts and gender bigotry by holding such deeds accountable,” Hontiveros said.
Under the new law, cat-calling, wolf-whistling, and other forms of gender-based street harassment will be penalized.
Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin, the principal author of the law in the House of Representatives, said that the fines for violating the measure will range from P1,000 to P100,000 for multiple and grave offenses.
“Tapos ang bastos,” Villarin said.
The new measure was passed into law on April 21, after President Rodrigo Duterte reportedly did not respond to the ratified version of the bill on a bicameral conference committee report in February.
In a previous report by KAMI, Hontiveros and Villarin personally explained the Safe Spaces and Public Spaces bill.
KAMI also produced a video last year to know whether the men in Manila cat-call women or not. You may watch it below:
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