Pres. Duterte signs ‘Bawal Bastos’ act into law to penalize cat-callers

Pres. Duterte signs ‘Bawal Bastos’ act into law to penalize cat-callers

- President Rodrigo Duterte signed a law seeking to penalize gender-based harassment in public spaces

- The law was authored and sponsored by Sen. Risa Hontiveros

- Those found guilty of violating the law could face jail time and fines

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President Rodrigo Duterte has recently signed the law seeking to penalize cat-callers and any other forms of harassment based on one’s gender in public spaces.

KAMI learned that the new measure was received by the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office on Monday.

As reported by the GMA News (author Virgil Lopez), the law also covers the following acts:

  • Cursing
  • Wolf-whistling
  • Catcalling
  • Leering and intrusive gazing
  • Taunting
  • Unwanted invitations
  • Misogynistic, transphobic, homophobic, and sexist slurs
  • Persistent unwanted comments on one's appearance
  • Relentless requests for one's personal details such as name, contact and social media details or destination
  • Use of words, gestures or actions that ridicule on the basis of gender or identity and/or expression

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Those found guilty of gender-based online sexual harassment will be penalized with jail time or a fine of between P100,000 and P500,000 or both.

As previously reported by KAMI, the law’s author and sponsor, Senator Risa Hontiveros, claimed that the measure lapsed into law. She also welcomed the passage of the law.

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