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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

SHFC and its VAW-free communities

“We are advocates to end VAWC. We know our rights and we must never allow anyone to violate these. We will continuously to equip ourselves with apt training to improve the delivery of service to our partner-homeowners. Together, we will end VAW and we will look forward to having VAW-free BALAI communities.”-Insurance and Community Enhancement Division

Violence against women? VAWal yan, Ka-SHFC! Respeto dapat! Kung ikaw ay nakakaranas o may kakilalang nakakaranas ng pang-aabuso, wag matakot dumulog sa PNP Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children (AVAWC) hotline: (02) 8532-6690.


PNP: Perpetrators to face full force of law

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reiterated that it does not condone acts of violence against women (VAW).

“The Philippine National Police abhors any form of violence committed against women. The full wrath of the law definitely awaits anyone found guilty of committing such horrendous crime,” PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Benigno Durana said in a statement.

Durana made the remark in response to a report of the Center for Women’s Resources (CWR), which claimed that 56 cops are involved in 33 state-perpetrated VAW cases that it has monitored since the start of the Duterte administration in July 2016.

“It is therefore absolutely irresponsible on the part of the Center for Women’s Resources to even claim that crimes individually committed by a handful of police officers are “state-perpetrated.” Insinuating in the process that those crimes were in a way condoned by the PNP or the State. A regular reader would immediately recognize such sweeping conclusion against an institution only reveals an utter lack of intellectual honesty of those who interpreted their data,” Durana said in a statement.

Durana also stressed that the PNP leadership continues to implement a harsh crackdown against rogue policemen.

“While we can be tough on crimes, we are far tougher against our erring personnel. There has been no other time in the PNP’s recent history, except today, that its leadership has been relentless and unforgiving against those who violated their oaths,” he noted.

Like any other organization, Durana said the PNP has also its own share of personnel considered as bad eggs but they do not represent the entire majority of service personnel who are professional, honest and dedicated.

“Through our PATROL PLAN 2030, institutional reforms are currently in full swing to address some legal, policy and systemic dysfunctions in the PNP in order that it will be become a highly capable, effective and credible police service that the Filipino people truly deserve,” the PNP spokesperson stressed.

On Sunday, a cop was arrested for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl in exchange for the freedom of her parents who were arrested for illegal drug charges.

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said the suspect, PO1 Eduardo Valencia, a rookie cop assigned at the Manila Police District (MPD), will be facing administrative, as well as rape and grave misconduct charges. (PNA)

THE DURIAN BEAT: Women Power and the Calvary of Men


By Roger M. Balanza

Women Power and the Calvary of Men

We celebrate in the month of March two events: Womens’ Month and Holy Week.

Women’s Month is, for the women, about the celebration of  women rights, but for men, should be a condemnation of the excesses of women power and how it is being abused.

During the Holy Week we recall the suffering in Calvary of Christ, that should remind the men  about their own  calvary in the hands of women.


Womanhood today is a far cry from the past, when women were considered as the “weaker sex,” and consigned to a role that sentenced them to mere “housewives.”
Today we have women in the Senate, Congress, as head of key government offices and executives of large private corporations. In the household scene, there are men forced to wear the skirt by domineering wives. Unable to fight for their rights, they keep their hell to themselves in silence, with no one to fight for them.
The women, on the other hand,  have civil societies, peoples’ organization  and non-government organizations to defend them.
To top it all, there is a law, the Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) Act, that has emasculated, caponized and pushed men into a marginalized sub-specie called Takusa (Takot sa Asawa.)
The concept of gender sensitivity today that sadly tilts towards women should be re-worked to include the male specie as part of our society that needs protection from violence, especially committed by terrorist partners.
As matters now stand, the Third Sex  composed of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans-genders) are better off than men, with anti-discrimination statutes in place shielding people of the other kind  against all forms of abuses.
The so-called “weaker sex” of yesterday has become an empowered force in society, which should command a drastic revision of the concept of gender sensitivity to include the men as an endangered specie.
dogVAWC, pushed into law by the womens’ rights group Gabriela, not only provided an armor to women against abuses but also made women highly politicized…and violent?
Early this month, POs, NGOs, activists and so-called champions of womens’ rights kicked off Womens’ Month with nationwide rallies mouthing slogans against unfair labor practices, bureaucratic corruption and extrajudicial killings. On the side, they lambasted President Duterte for his sex jokes.
Oh, how we wished the women also called for the protection of men.
As we celebrate the Holy Week and the Crucifixion of Christ in Calvary, it might as well be apt for men to celebrate with extreme anguish and pain their calvary in the hands of Hitlerian wives.
Sad as it may be to realize that there are many hubbies living in domestic terror, there is deliverance for men in Holy Week during the Easter, in the resurrection and ascension of Christ.
Men should welcome Easter with hope that the Lord in heaven would do a miracle to save battered husbands from terrorist wives as He saved mankind through His crucifixion.
There are many hubbies who handle domestic terorism by simply keeping silent about their fate to prevent a world war in the house.
 There are also men who go home to a wife who day-in, day-out, yaks and nags and inflict on them all kinds of violence.
The fact is that in the Philippine society today, women have become a privileged lot given rights that men wished they have too.
There are many wives of the Abu Sayyaf breed who get away with their terroristic habit of inflicting physical and verbal abuse on their husbands. Most often, the battered hubbies keep their miseries to themselves, for the sake of domestic peace or because they don’t have legal weapons to shoot the little demons.
The women? Oooopppsss, ingat ka! Pinch her nose and she could run to the barangay or to the courts to complain about her rights  as a woman being violated under the VAWC law.
The VAWC is the  mantra of women and women rights activists in pushing government to pass the law to protect women against all forms of abuse. With many husband-hating women abusing their rights by invoking VAWC and the poor hubbies meekly suffering and accepting their goddamn fate in the hands of their Abu Sayyaf wives, it is time that gender equality should be placed under intense discussion.
This time, the men should demand  gender equality and call for approval of a law that would protect them from abusive partners.
Is there hope for the Takusa gang? Yes there is but the men should have the courage to fight for their rights as women did to reach their status today.
If there is a VAWC, there oughta be a VAMC or the Violence Against Men and their Children Act.
I recall that years ago in Davao City, a group espousing “men’s rights” surfaced to save battered hubbies from the most cruel of experiences for a male specie in this universe: being insulted, crucified, laughed at and joked about by friends and neighbors because they don’t have the heart and courage to stand up to a partner with the blood of a Maute terrorist.
The lead organizer was a village chief in a blighted part of the city where domestic quarrel most often end up with husbands nursing black-eyes fleeing the house like dogs with tails behind the legs to escape from the torture suffered from partners.
The village chief pitied the men and called for an ‘invitation-only’ powwow with the Takusas in a secret meeting, that of course was without knowledge of the household terrorists.
He explained that it was time for husbands to fight for their right and end the violence.
The powwow led to the creation of the Men’s Responsibility on Gender and Development (MR GAD). The acronym was not threatening but its secret mission was clear to the Takusas: MR GAD could be their liberation from Abu Sayyaf wives.
While the village chief condoled with the battered husbands, he told the Takusas that he could not do anything if no husband with a black-eye and murdered ego come to him to seek help.
His village of about 7,000 males is widely known as a war zone for domestic quarrels.
The village chief knows very well  why battered husbands in his village do not seek his help.
Fear, according to the village chief who admits he too is a Takusa, explains why husbands keep their hell to themselves and endure the suffering in the hands of a satanic partner. 
He said there should be a law, like VAMC that MR GAD would push,  to ensure protection of battered husbands from terrorist wives who have the blood of the Abu Sayyaf running in their veins and demonic brains.
Without the VAMC, the village chief advised that the Takusas have four options, if the wild woman of the house goes berserk:
  1. Remain in the house to endure the hell.
  2. Run to the barangay hall and hide behind the back of the barangay kapitan or a barangay tanod to protect against a pursuing al Qaeda bomber.
  3. Leave the house and flee to the top of Mt. Apo.
  4. Launch his own bloody counter-attack against the terrorist wife which could lead him to VAWC and a rat-infested cell at a police precinct.
Sad however that, the last time we met, our Takusa village chief informed as that MR GAD simply died a natural death because the terrorist wives learned about the impending rebellion of their punching bags.
Seriously, methink time is ripe that as women have their VAWC, the men should also have their VAMC.
Make my day, Madam Gabriela!
I volunteer to be the president of this crusade against the cruelty of women and the liberation of men, and the Takusas like us who want to join, raise your hand!

Davao City Police chief slapped with VAWC suit

The estranged wife of Davao City Police Office (DCPO) Director Sr. Supt. Vicente Danao has filed complaints for a case of domestic violence before the Department of Justice (DoJ) on Wednesday, October 29.

The filing of the complaints by Susie Danao was facilitated by her lawyers and Gabriela Partylist Representative Luzviminda Ilagan. In her complaint for violation against women and children, Susie detailed the alleged physical and verbal abuse she suffered from the police official from 2002 to 2013.

Ilagan, who already threw her full support to Susie since the wife-hitting video went viral on social media, said in a statement that domestic violence should never be reduced to a private spat or misunderstanding between partners.

Ilagan and Susie have been communicating through overseas calls and emails. Before the filing of the complaints on Wednesday, Susie has been based in the United States.

Wen asked for his reaction during the AFP–PNP press conference on Wednesday morning at Royal Mandaya Hotel, Director Danao refused to elaborate on the complaint.

“No comment. That is her right to file a case,” Danao told reporters.

Danao is still facing an administrative complaint for grave physical injuries also filed by Susie with the Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS). Danao has re-assumed his post as city director of the DCPO on October 1 after being relieved for about three weeks following the investigation on the video.

He was cleared by the Police Regional Office (PRO) XI on reason that the video did not affect his performance as the chief of police.

According to Ilagan, the complaint underscores the need to bring the issue of violence against women to a public realm.

“It is not just a domestic issue or an administrative issue. Violence is a crime,” Ilagan said. (PNA)

Of Digong, VAMC & terrorist wives

photo by king rodriguez/sunstardavao
photo by king rodriguez/sunstardavao

TOP SECRET. A good cop would do anything to serve the public. They risk their lives to fight criminalities. At any time they would come to the succor of the helpless and the distraught. Fact is if you have problems of the heart there are many cops who could listen and advise on how to manage your love life. There are also cops who can ably handle domestic quarrels, some of them experts on how a husband should handle a terrorist wife and abort a World War. Unfortunately there are also many police officers who go home to a wife who day-in, day-out, yaks and nags and inflict on them all kinds of torture. The cops solve other people’s problems but are stuck with their own that they cannot solve.

durian beatLITTLE DEMONS. In Philippine society today, the women, so-called “weaker sex,” have become a privileged lot given rights that men wished they have too. There are many wives of the Abu Sayyaf breed who get away with their terroristic habit of inflicting physical and verbal abuse on their husbands. Most often, the battered hubbies keep their miseries to themselves, for the sake of domestic peace or because they don’t have legal weapons to shoot their little demons.

INGAT KA! The women? Oooopppsss, ingat ka! Pinch her nose and she could run to the barangay, to Mayor Rodrigo Duterte or to the courts to complain about her rights  as a woman being violated under the Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) law.

GENDER EQUALITY. This is the  mantra of women rights activists in pushing government to pass the VAWC law to protect women against all forms of abuse. With many husband-hating women abusing their rights under VAWC and the poor hubbies meekly suffering and accepting their goddamn fate in the hands of their Abu Sayyaf wives, it is time that gender equality should be placed under intense discussion anew. This time, it should be the men demanding it and calling for a law that would protect them from abusive partners. For the sake of gender equality, there oughta be a law called VAMC or the Violence Against Men and Children. Are you a battered husband? Please raise your hands. And let us give Gabriela stiff competition!

JOKENINGDANAO. If I am seeing Davao City Police chief Vicente Danao raising his hand, we have found the poster model for this noble cause of bringing back the real meaning of manhood. Danao’s story has gone public due to a video posted on YouTube showing him in a domestic encounter with his wife. The video had him and partner in a shouting match with the police officer holding his temper so as not to physically hurt the woman. The video has sparked controversy, and loud voices from the publicity-seeking Gabriela. The PNP has suspended Danao — over the video and battery raps filed by his wife—but he has been reinstated to indicate police policy that domestic matters should not matter for as long as a police officer performs his job to serve the public. Is Danao a battered hubby? We don’t know, his domestic woes having been quartered, up to the time of the YouTube video, in the confines of his home. But his courage to fight for his right and face up to a critical public and media, all the more convinces us that he could be the right man to lead the fight against abusive wives and the demand of the male specie for government to pass a VAMC for the sake of gender equality and battered hubbies. Hehehehe.

DIGONG. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is on the right track in defending Danao and maybe, also the other police (and military) officers in the same footing as Danao. In wake of Danao’s suspension, Duterte has revealed that he has brought up to PNP higher authorities in Camp Crame the case of Danao.

LENIENCY. Duterte said he has suggested that leniency on police officers in trouble over domestic problems and being investigated for omissions that could lead to suspension. Duterte’s line was that any police officer colliding with VAWC should be allowed to continue working, face his case in an investigation by police authorities or in the courts, without being suspended for as long as such violations do not affect their performance as police officers. We think PNP heard Duterte as Danao has been reinstated because the video and the battery rap filed by his wife did not affect his credibility as a performing police officer.

WAR ZONES. And what is Duterte’s take on officers like Danao? Police leniency should come into play because no matter that they have domestic troubles, the public needs their services to keep the community safe. These officers go to the war zones to fight criminals (and referring to soldiers) and communist rebels, according to Duterte. This sacrifice for the sake of the public should be up, above and over the lesser offense of a police officer responding in defense of his manhood to the cruelties of a partner with the blood of an Abu Sayyaf running in her veins.