Under old Philippine laws, rape was considered such a heinous crime that it merited the death penalty. When capital punishment was abolished, the state imposed the next harshest judgment: life imprisonment. Tough laws combining stiff fines and imprisonment have also been drawn up against related crimes such as sexual assault and sexual harassment. The message is clear, at least where Philippine penal law is concerned: Crimes that involve forcible sex, or any attempt of it, have no place in a civilized society and deserve the highest chastisement and condemnation.
By David Celestra Tan
To be fair, deregulating the power sector is a daunting task. The dynamics of the sector are complicated by our country’s political and moral landscape.
Sen. Tito Sotto is seeking the reimposition of a bill that would mete out death as the ultimate penalty for heinous crimes. For him, there is no conflict between his defense of the unborn and his disdain for the lives of convicts. “I am prolife for the unborn and the Filipino family. I am prodeath to heinous criminals,” he says.
By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
It’s that time of year again to get things moving and for people to work for the passage of the freedom of information (FOI) bill that had long been deliberately delayed, and then killed.
In civilized societies, persons with disability (PWDs) are able to live as close to normal lives as possible, with affirmative action in terms of employment and provisions for them in the form of ramps for wheelchairs, dedicated parking slots, allocated seats in public transport, specific toilets, etc. These provisions are rarely found in this neck of the woods, and even if available, are quickly appropriated with no compunction by the able-bodied—a sad indictment of many Filipinos as having no compelling idea of the realities confronting the PWDs among them. It will take a while for Philippine society to fully recognize PWDs as having not only the same rights and privileges as others but also special needs that should not give rise to their being treated with condescension, contempt and downright cruelty.