STORY OF THE DAY


HOUSE APPROVES MEASURE VS. CATCALLING, OTHER FORMS OF STREET HARASSMENT



The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading the safe street public and online spaces act that would punish catcalling and other forms of street harassment.

The bill, which was approved by 208 legislators, seeks to tag as "crimes" different forms of gender-based street, public spaces, and online sexual harassment, which are committed through any unwanted and uninvited sexual actions or remarks against any person that result or will likely result to an invasion of the victim’s sense of personal safety, regardless of the motive for committing such action or remarks.

The measure is now set to be tackled in a bicameral conference to reconcile conflicting provisions as last October 2018, the Senate approved its version.

House Bill 8794 has meantime set different penalties for specific violations which range from ₱10,000 fine or 12-hour community service, with mandatory attendance in a gender sensitivity seminar to 2 years to 4 years and 2 months in prison or ₱100,000 to ₱500,000 fine.