Press Release
October 29, 2018

After cop allegedly rapes 15-year old daughter of drug suspect

Senator Nancy Binay is convinced that the age of consent in the country should be raised to 16 years old from the present 12, following reports of alleged rape of a 15-year old by a policeman.

In July, Binay filed Senate Bill No. 1895 which aims to make 16 years old the minimum age to determine statutory rape for children in the country, up from under 12 years specified in the Revised Penal Code.

According to Binay, the measure is still in the committee level adding that she will ask the legislative commitment of fellow senators to fasttrack its passage.

"Isa ang Pilipinas sa may pinakamababang age of consent, which is presently set at 12 years old. Sa ngayon, our anti-rape law says it will only be considered statutory rape if the child is below 12 years old or is mentally challenged. Bilang mga magulang, it is our commitment to protect our children from sexual predators," Binay said.

The 15-year-old girl, whose parents were apprehended for alleged illegal drug trade in Manila over the weekend, said she was raped in exchange for the freedom of her parents who were facing drug charges. A rookie cop together with two other men forced the girl to drink beer before she was raped.

"Ginagamit po ng ilan ang mababang age of consent na ito upang takasan o lusutan ang mas mataas na penalties from their crimes against children," she added.

Binay said that increasing the age of consent can prevent more cases of violence against children.

"Magiging liable for statutory rape na ang taong nagkaroon ng sexual relations or intercourse sa isang menor na below 16 years old kung itataas natin ang age of consent," Binay said.

According to the National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children (NBS-VAC), released in 2016, one of five children below 18 have experienced being sexually violated.

Binay said that according to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), up to 7 in 10 women around the world experience physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.

"Increasing the age of consent will provide greater protection to our children, and safeguard them from various forms of violence," she added.

The legislator also said that under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, governments should protect children from all forms of sexual exploitation and abuse.

"It is also in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goal number 5, which aims to eliminate all forms of violence against women and children, including trafficking, sexual, and other forms of exploitation," Binay said.

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