IRR of ‘Bawas Bastos’ law signed

first_imgMANILA – The implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of a new law that imposes stiffer penalties on a range of acts from catcalling, sexist slurs, stalking, and cyberstalking were signed on Monday. The new law places cursing, catcalling, wolf-whistling, leering, taunting, misogynistic and sexist slurs, persistent telling of sexual jokes, and use of sexual names, among others, as gender-based streets and public spaces sexual harassment. Senator Risa Hontiveros, the author of the law in the Senate, said in a speech that the Safe Spaces Act, or the Bawal Bastos Law is a game-changer measure that will end gender-based harassment and violence in public places. Officials from concerned government agencies and women’s organizations sign the implementing rules and regulations of the Safe Spaces Act or the “Bawal Bastos” law on Oct. 28, 2019. Photo by Daphne Galvez/ The specified acts may be punishable from community service of 12 hours up to arresto menor or 11 to 30 days imprisonment for the third offense./PNcenter_img Among those who signed the IRR were the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, and Commission on Human Rights. “Isa itong makasaysayang araw. Sa wakas, may IRR na ang Bawal Bastos Law. Bilang na ang mga araw ng mga ‘boy bastos’ at lahat ng sino man na gagawa ng gender-based public harassment,” added Hontiveros.  “The IRR underwent an intense review by government agencies, advocacy groups and members of the academe,” she added. “This will promote positive policy, behavioral and cultural changes.”last_img