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Marriage shouldn’t snuff out rape as a crime – Cayetano

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A provision on the Revised Penal Code (RPC) that’s “antiquated” is looking to be repealed by Sen. Pia Cayetano. It’s currently upheld by the Anti-Rape Law of 1997, letting a rapist get exonerated from rape by taking his victim as a bride.


According to Cayetano, the RPC’s Article 266-C invalidates crime when the legal husband is forgiven by the victim: his wife.


Cayetano is an advocate for women and a lawyer outside of the Senate. She brought it up during Senate Bill 2332’s deliberations. The bill aimed to raise the sexual consent age from at least 12 years old all the way to 16 years old.


“We do have an antiquated law, which recognizes ‘forgiveness’ as a ground to invalidate a rape case,” Cayetano stated. “This is one of the provisions that women’s advocates want to be repealed.”


She emphasized that she was pointing it out for the body so the issue could be addressed properly.


In some cases, a rape complainant ends up forced to marry her rapist. It usually happens for scandal and shame alike to be prevented.


Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, in response, agreed that the matter should be given due attention. The former justice secretary says that the chamber ought to study and deliberate on it. Senate President Vicente Sotto III supported the stance of Cayetano and committed to co-sponsor it if the Senate sees one introduced.


Last September 27, the third and final reading of Senate Bill (SB) No. 2332 got 22-0-1 votes in the senate. Since the House of Representatives’ version passed last year, it’s now going into a bicameral conference committee.

Photo: GMA Network


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