Bill eyes protection for husbands, LGBT members in abusive relationships

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Posted at Oct 03 2019 01:04 PM

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A lawmaker wants to penalize violence against husbands and members of the LGBT community in abusive relationships.

Rizal 2nd District Rep. Juan Fidel Felipe Nograles filed House Bill 4888 to amend the "Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act" and expand its coverage "to all those who suffer violence from their partners," according to the measure's explanatory note.

"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 told radio DZMM on Thursday.

"Hindi lamang abused husbands, kundi pati mga abused members ng LGBT, kailangan mabigyan na rin ng proteksyon sa ilalim ng Violence Against Partners and their Children Act po na ating panukala," he added.

(We need to recognize all gender classifications and that all kinds of relationships now have victims and abuses. Abused husbands and members of the LGBT should be given protection, too, under the Violence Against Partners and their children Act through our proposal.)

Apart from physical abuse, Nograles' proposal covers psychological and electronic violence, he said.

"Sakop po nito iyong cyber bullying, mga online forms of violence, paggawa ng fake accounts sa social media para paninirang-puri," he said.

(This covers cyber bullying, online forms of violence and the creation of fake social media accounts to destroy one's reputation.)

The bill, he said, also aims to penalize economic abuse, an example of which is the confiscation of ATM cards, which make one financially dependent on his or her partner, he said.
 
The proposal shall cover couples who are not yet married, but have a "sexual or dating relationship", said Nograles.

"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," he said.

(This means that as long as you have an intimate relationship, you go out and often see each others and have intercourse, you're included in the law even if you are not yet married.)

A copy of Nograles' proposal is available on the House of Representatives website.

DZMM, October 3, 2019