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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Safe Street and Public Spaces Law Is Now In Effect


“This law is a landmark victory against "bastos" (rude) culture. Goodbye, catcallers!” This is according to Senator Risa Hontiveros regarding the Safe Street and Public Spaces Law which is now being implemented across the country.



“This law is a landmark victory against "bastos" (rude) culture. Goodbye, catcallers!” This is according to Senator Risa Hontiveros who is the principal author of the Safe Street and Public Spaces Law which is now implemented across the country.        Ads      Harassment of women and those of the so-called third sex commonly known as the LGBT community in the form of catcalling, wolf-whistling or with sexist remarks and gestures are now punishable by law.  The Safe Streets, Public Spaces and Workplace Act, also known as the “Bawal Bastos” bill, was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on April 21.  “Gender-based sexual harassment in the forms of stalking, leering, catcalling and wolf-whistling will be penalized under the new law,” Akbayan Rep. Tomas Villarin said.    Ads          Sponsored Links    Offenders will be fined from P1,000 up to P100,000 for multiple and grave offenses. Penalties also include community service and undergoing a gender-sensitivity training.   Villarin also said that the new law should change the cultural norm [on] how society treats women, how society puts importance on the rights of everybody.  LGBT advocate Anton Paderanga said the inclusion of the community was a welcome development, noting that “LGBT persons, like women, are subject to harassment daily.”  The law expands existing anti-sexual harassment laws. It covers sexual harassment in workplaces, including peer-to-peer and subordinate-to-superior cases.  Arline Santos of the Institute of Politics and Governance said the law also provided remedies for harassment that occurs online.  The new law also mandates establishing anti-sexual harassment policies in schools.

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Harassment of women and those of the so-called third sex commonly known as the LGBT community in the form of catcalling, wolf-whistling or with sexist remarks and gestures are now punishable by law.

The Safe Streets, Public Spaces and Workplace Act, also known as the “Bawal Bastos” bill, has lapsed into law since it was presented to President Duterte for signing on April 21.

“Gender-based sexual harassment in the forms of stalking, leering, catcalling and wolf-whistling will be penalized under the new law,” Akbayan Rep. Tomas Villarin said.

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Offenders will be fined from P1,000 up to P100,000 for multiple and grave offenses. Penalties also include community service and undergoing a gender-sensitivity training.

Villarin also said that the new law should change the cultural norm [on] how society treats women, how society puts importance on the rights of everybody.

LGBT advocate Anton Paderanga said the inclusion of the community was a welcome development, noting that “LGBT persons, like women, are subject to harassment daily.”

The law expands existing anti-sexual harassment laws. It covers sexual harassment in workplaces, including peer-to-peer and subordinate-to-superior cases.

Arline Santos of the Institute of Politics and Governance said the law also provided remedies for harassment that occurs online.

The new law also mandates establishing anti-sexual harassment policies in schools.
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