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  • Proposed PH Law Seeks to Protect 'Battered,' 'Ander de Saya' Husbands

    The bill, however, also extends protection to LGBT+ couples and those who are dating.
    by Rachel Perez .
Proposed PH Law Seeks to Protect 'Battered,' 'Ander de Saya' Husbands
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  • A member of the House of Representatives submitted a bill seeking to protect husbands, partners against domestic violence, GMA News reports on October 3, 2019.Yep, you read that correctly.

    Rizal Representative Fidel Nograles’s House Bill No. 4888  wants to seek protection for husbands from “all forms of violence against partners and their children, in private and public life,” the bill’s explanatory note read. He is proposing it as an amendment to Republic Act No. 9262, otherwise known as the Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004.

    The proposed amendment, however, also aims to include those in LGBT+ relationships. “Kailangan po nating kilalanin lahat ng uri ng kasarian at ang uri ng mga relasyon sa panahon ngayon na may biktima at pang-aabuso,” Nograles said in an interview on ABS-CBN News's DZMM Teleradyo on Thursday, October 4.

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    Another new inclusion in Nograles’s proposed bill are couples or former partners with intimate relations. These include partners who are dating, have had sexual relations, or who have legitimate or illegitimate children.

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    “Ang ibig sabihin po nito, basta po kayo ay may intimate relationship, lumalabas po kayo at lagi kayong nagkikita at may pagtatalik po, kasama na po ito kahit ‘di pa po kayo mag-asawa,” the lawmaker explained.

    Apart from making the VAWC law inclusive for spouses or partners in all types of relationships, Nograles also seeks to include electronic violence done against partners and children, which resulted in “physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering, or economic abuse.”

    Psychological harm, Nograles explained, are online forms of violence such as cyberbullying and making fake accounts to destroy one’s reputation. The bill also recognizes “stalking, hacking of personal accounts on social media, use of location data from electronic devices” as electronic forms violence that may cause mental, emotional, or psychological distress.

    Confiscation of ATM cards, which can make one financially dependent on his or her partner, is an example of economic abuse against husbands and partners.

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    Reactions to the news have been mixed. It has also been tricky to say if the views aired via the comments of social media posts about the new bill are sincere or sarcastic. Some comments seem to poke fun at the suggestion of protecting husbands and suggesting to include not letting the men go out drinking as an act of violence against husbands.

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    Many lauded the proposal as “fair enough,” also citing women they know of personally who abuse their partners in the ways detailed in the news reports. But there are many more who argued that while the points of the bill have merit, it’s a matter that could be settled between couples. Men abusing women in relationships are far still more prevalent than the other way around.

    Other comments urged the lawmakers to address more pressing issues, such as the Filipino farmer’s plight, the worsening traffic in Metro Manila, and more.

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