Category Archives: children’s rights

Duterte signs bill raising age of sexual consent to 16

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed into law a bill raising the age of sexual consent from 12 to 16.

Republic Act (RA) No. 116481, signed by Duterte on March 4, amends RA 3815 or the Revised Penal Code and RA 7610 or the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act.

The law increased the age for determining statutory rape to 16 years old to provide more protection for young people against sexual exploitation and abuse. READ MORE

‘ We can do more’ for women

President Rodrigo Duterte lauded the country’s “distinction as a shining beacon of gender equality and women empowerment” as the world celebrated Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8.

In his International Women’s Day message, Duterte mentioned the role of women in various sectors and nation-building. READ MORE

Public urged to take stand vs. kids’ online sexual exploitation

MANILA – As the world observes Safer Internet Day, partners in the movement to end the online sexual exploitation of children celebrate wins achieved over the years while calling for stronger community resolve against the continuing threat.The Department of Justice – Inter-Agency Council… Read More

COURT ORDERS ARREST of bishop, tribal leaders for child abuse

Arrest warrant vs. 6 UCCP-Haran execs

 April 28, 2021

DAVAO CITY—An arrest warrant has been issued by the Davao City Regional Trial Court (RTC) against six administrators of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Haran Center for child abuse.The April 21 arrest warrant was issued against UCCP Bishop Hamuel Tequis, Rev. Daniel… Read More


Measures vs. online child exploitation get Duterte nod

 February 8, 2021

MANILA – Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday said several measures recommended by his department on how to go about the government’s crackdown on online sexual child exploration received approval from President Rodrigo Duterte.Guevarra said one of the recommendations is to… Read More

CHR calls for heightened protection of children vs. sexual abuse

 February 8, 2021

MANILA –The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Monday urged the government to boost efforts to combat child abuse and exploitation.CHR spokesperson Jacquelin de Guia made this call in commemoration of this year’s Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week, which she said comes “in the wake… Read M

DOJ to seek action from ISPs, tourism hubs vs. online child abuse

 February 9, 2021

MANILA – The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday said among the measures against online sexual abuse of children approved by President Rodrigo Duterte is to certify as priority the move to amend the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act to impose obligations on internet service providers (ISPs)… Read More

Groups ask Makabayan bloc solons to resign


 December 1, 2020

Anti-communist groups and other civil society organizations on Tuesday called on the Makabayan bloc lawmakers to resign for allegedly recruiting minors to join the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).Members of the League… Read Mo

AFP chief calls for end to youth radicalization

 December 2, 2020

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Gilbert Gapay called for a stop to the “radicalization of dissent” among the youth, saying progressive groups recruiting them have become a “spawning pool” for New People’s Army fighters.Gapay said on Tuesday the three Senate… Read More