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DSWD backs bid decriminalizing prostitution



Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman said the Anti-Prostitution Bill was one of the agency’s priority pieces of legislation. INQUIRER.net/Matikas Santos

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has endorsed a bill that is pending in committee in the House of Representatives which would decriminalize prostitution but punish those who control and profit from the flesh trade.

The Anti-Prostitution Bill pending in the House committee on justice chaired by Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas seeks to repeal the clauses under Articles 202 and 341 of the Revised Penal Code which punish “women who, for money, engage in sexual intercourse, or lascivious conduct.”

In a letter addressed to Tupas, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman said the bill was one of the agency’s priority pieces of legislation.

The DSWD, however, clarified that it did not support the legalization of prostitution in the country.

Soliman said the bill would provide social protection to the victims and ensure the prosecution of persons who control and profit from the trade by exploiting the victims’ poverty. The bill would also offer programs and services that would promote their economic well-being.

Under the bill, a National Anti-Prostitution Council headed by the DSWD will be created composed of various government agencies, nongovernment organizations and persons exploited in prostitution.

“We all know that most, if not all, prostituted persons are forced to engage in this activity because of compelling reasons such as poverty if they are not victims of human trafficking. The government will continue to provide programs and services to uplift their economic well-being,” Soliman said. Cynthia D. Balana


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  • $20722540

    mahirap dito sa mga tao na ito announcement muna wala pa naman pala…puro propaganda talagang administration na ito..nangongona si siloman

    • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

      gagu ka pala eh. gusto nga nila malaman kung ano reaksyon at saloobin ng taumbayan bago mag pinal ng batas. Hindi naman pede yung tongresman na lang ang nasusunod. Pag nagbotohan sila may magagawa ka pa ba, kahit di mo alam pinagkasunduan?

      • $20722540

        so propaganda nga… so mas gagu ka at nagmamagaling na ala alam

      • inquirercet

        actually tama si ern. they get the message out there to gauge the people’s sentiments. it’s not propaganda kasi it’s not political in nature and also not biased and misleading. it’s to open up a debate about the issue. it’s the total opposite of propaganda.

  • ARIKUTIK

    How can one who provides relief to a hardened lonely heart for a price of babies milk be branded as criminal. Government officials or fat bellied policeman for one who eats on taxpayers money is more of a criminal than the lady who feeds joy to a contented smiling one night friend. :Prostitution may not be legal but it is absolutely not criminal. Set the prostitute free from the clutches of inhuman law created by hipocrits. Prostitute is the number one deterent againts rape explosion. Decriminalize prostitution, the oldest profession in history of flowers and the bees.

    • marionics

      and she can now get free condoms right?

      • ARIKUTIK

        You blurted out, “…. and she can now get FREE condoms right?..” . Yes, it may seem to be Free but that is not the case at all. She must go to ‘free condoms distribution center’ before she can have it. The proccess takes dressing up to cover her body with respectable half attire, takes a ride with taxi FARE, fill up forms for free condoms, sign and submit it then sheepishly wait in line ’till eternity of when will that condom be ever handed over. Since it’s too shamefull to fall in line waiting for cheap free condom, never will she ever do it again. Time is gold and honor can not exchanged for cheap items. In the end the government will be too happy that no one is interested on free condoms. The govt. officials can now just pocket the condom funds……. yeheyyyyyyyy….. galing talaga ng gobyerno papano ang “Huli Free  Corruption”. Matagal ng alam ng gobyerno na walang Takers sa Free contraceptive pills nila pero ipinag pilitan pa rin ang RH law for the sake of Foreign Drug lobby while salivating for RH funds to be corrupted Free of jail time. No expert COA can ever account give away condoms. It will vanish with no one knows how.

  • txtman

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    AYAN

    DADAMI NA MGA PROSTI

    PARA NGA NAMAN DADAMI GAGAMIT NG CONDOMS

    .
    .
    WOW!

    MORE JOBS FOR THE PINOYS!

    MABUHAY KA PENOY!
    .
    .

    ITS MORE FUN TO BE A PROSTI IN THE PHILIPPINES

    AHIHIHIHIHIHIHIHIHIHIHIHIHIHIHIHIHIHI
    .
    .
    SINO KAY MAKIKINABANG DYAN KINKY?

    PITIFUL

    • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

      Tama ca dian.

    • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

      tama yan para hindi nagagamit sa hulidap.

    • Keith_P

      Napakätàngä mo naman. Palagay mo nagiging prosti ang isang prosti dahil gusto niya?

      • marionics

        bayaan mo na yang si pitiful, ala namang pumapansin diyan e. boring yan

      • JuanTamadachi

        where is pathetic?

      • marionics

        baka logtu pa chong

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    Hahaha!.. siguradong puputok na naman ang butse ng CBCP nito. Isunod kaagad ang divorce bill at nang isang beses nalang silang magwala.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FFVPH2R22XWJ3Z6QOP3WBA6KA4 EC

    We are slowly coming out of the middle ages but many are fighting tooth and nail for us to remain there.

    • JuanTamadachi

      well said.

  • Rovingmoron

    Just hoping the DSWD official is not prostituting the minds of the lawmakers. Well, I agree that it should be decriminalized like libel. Why? There are law enforcers who capitalize on the anti-prostitution law that sometimes leads to abuses. Some prostitutes complained that they’re being used and abused by some law enforcers by threatening arrest if they will not subject themselves to sexual favors.

  • FernandoBusi

    This is good news. I hear many cases where the police will ‘catch’ a pretty girl kuno just to get free sex. 

  • Komen To

    Better to triple the penalty to owners of sex den, their recruiters as well as their Bugaw, not the poor victims

  • brunogiordano

    “The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has endorsed a bill that is pending in committee in the House of Representatives which would decriminalize prostitution but punish those who control and profit from the flesh trade.”

    Ibig ba sabihin nito OK ang prostitution kung isang tao lang ang nag operate nito. Illegal pag may kasamang bugaw ????

  • kilabot

    here we go. 
    the world agenda is to make the abnormal the new normal; 
    1) dangerous drugs; 
    2) same-sex marriage; 
    3) man-beast union; 
    4) prostitution; 
    5) pedophilia; 
    6) abortion; 

    the agenda is being pushed around the world; 
    some countries have already legalized one or more of the agenda items; 
    the push is intensifying; targeting world leaders and people of influence; 
    uk, france, netherlands, spain, sweden, southafrica, argentina and canada have fallen; 
    obama, clinton and carter have fallen; the whole usa may fall soon; 
    noykapon has fallen; so do many ph politicians and academics; ph on the verge of falling; 

    everything will be redefined; 
    freedom means free condom; 
    $sodomy becomes love; bestialisex is affection; a toilet bowl becomes a sex object; 
    a junkie is chic; a prostitute is enterprising; 
    adopting the agenda is equated to progress, prosperity and advancement; 

    the idea is to make the world one big orgy; all people thinking, behaving and acting alike; 
    one world order; the reign of the great pervert; 
    there will be no more right nor wrong; there is only normal perversion; 

    time to choose which side you are on; fence-sitting not recommended. 
    do something against perversion. help rehabilitate a pervert; 

    No to perversion! 

    • http://ourleftfoot.blogspot.com/ Tristanism

      Mas maige sana kung binasa mo muna yung article, hindi lang yung headline.

      Nagpreach ka naman kagad.

  • johnlordphilip

    “Prostitution is illegal in the Philippines” It did not stop nor minimize prostitution, instead it created more problems because the government can’t regulate it and can’t openly put up a program to educate and protect the sex workers. Why not legalize prostitution then impose strict guidelines for establishments running it and put-up programs to provide education, support and protection of these workers? This is being done in developed countries like Japan, US, and Spain, etc. It might work for the Philippines too. Just a thought!

  • bogli_anakdami

    yehey… hoy kris akin’o… ‘wag ka ng mag-worry…

    putatsings eh legal na legal…  kung sabagay, gurang ka na… wala ng papatol sa yo…

  • inquirercet

    “women who, for money, engage in sexual intercourse, or lascivious conduct.” – if you follow this law to the letter most married women will be guilty of a crime. my two cents.

    • ARIKUTIK

      Yes, wives kicks out of kulambo, the husband who refused to hand over his hard earned salary. All women opens up for moneys sake only. Therefore 99% of Filipina wives can be considered Money wives or in exact shameless definition… are prostitutes … aaarrrggghhhh …….. they are criminals send them all to jail.  

      • inquirercet

        that’s a little extreme, hehe. i was just trying to point out the absurdity of the law.

  • Mamang Pulis

    nakow! anu na lang puede ipataw sa mga street walker sa mabini at ermita? vagrancy? am baba ng piyansa—mababawasan ang kotong ng mamang pulis na nag patrolya doon—

    o sige hubad na—anu gusto mo overnite sa kulungan o pipila ang mga bata ko ?

    yan ang dialog sa presinto—-

    • ARIKUTIK

      Hey Donk wala ng vagrancy ngayon. Ibinasura na yan kasi Anti Poor. Meron bang mayamang na Charge ng vagrancy ? Ang Vagrancy ay oppression inflicted to the poor.

      • Mamang Pulis

        kaya nga patanong—march 27 pa yan nilagdaan ni mang simeon

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    There are lots of good laws out there that needs support. Why pass this STUPID law? 

  • neilabarca

    Hindi lamang IDICRIMINALIZED ang prostitution,  bagkus, palakasin at kilalanin ng lipunan ang prostitution.  I-organisa ang hanay nila,  kahalintulad ng isang UNYON ng mga
    manggagawa, may proteksyon sa batas, may partisipasyon at BOSES, may pamunuan, may programa at may  gawaing pangkabuhayan.

    Sa popular na movie na Les Miserables,  karumal-dumal na krimen at kahabag-habag ang
    kinahinatnan ng isang prostitute na si Fantine (Anne Hathaway), excluded, marginalized ng isang lipunang malupit at nalagay sa masidhing karalitaan.

    May mahigit daang libo kababaihan ang nasa hanapbuhay (directly-indirectly) ng prostitution sa Pilipinas at kung ma-oorganisa ito,  isang itong magiging malaking pampulitikang pwersa at
    electoral based,  kahalintulad ng Inglesia ni Kristo na nakapagdidikta ng agenda at programa..

    • ARIKUTIK

      Sino namang prostitute ang lalantad sa sikat ng umagang araw for the sake of organization. They are student by day and angels in midnight paradise …… weeeee>>>>

  • WoBushi

    The so-called “scholars” will proliferate. Once the proposed bill becomes into law many schools don’t mind having windfall. hehehe This could serve as a stop-gap measure for the lack of enrollment as a result of the K-12 school program. hehehe After all many of the ladies of the night have already switched their hours during daytime. More hours is better for them I suppose. hehehe

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    this country is becoming stupid…

  • basilionisisa

    nakupo, nakupo! huwag po kayong magbukas ng Pandora’s Box!

    Rep Tupas and Sec Soliman: hindi porke sawang-sawa na kayo sa nakikitang kahirapan ng marami at napipilitang magbenta ng katawan ang iba, lalaki’t babae, ay dalus-dalos ninyong idedecriminalize ang prostitution. para na ninyong ilelegalize, what’s the difference? pag-isipin sana ninyong MABUTI? please think deeper, not just the superficial benefits that you ‘may’ derive from it?

    1) alam ninyo sigurong currently lalong dumadami kaso ng AIDS, saan yan nakukuha? 2) sa kaunting perang kikitain nila mas malaking gastos sa pagpapagamot sa madaling makuhang sakit dahil hindi naman controlled at mandatory ang checkups (gonorrhea, hepatitis, HIV), makikiagaw pa sa mga siksikan na at underbudget na mga public hospitals and clinics, 3) kalinisan ng pangalan ng pamilya na lang ang natitirang karangalan ng mahihirap na pamilya itutulak pa natin ang mga kabataan sa ‘hindi-naman-krimen’ na prostitution. wala nang magsisikap nyan. 4) pano makatitiyak na walang magiging pimps dyan eh kailangan nila ng protection, so bale wala din ang purpose ninyo, 5) This is definitely stepping a notch down in our Moral values… kakatakot na ang susunod.

    Congress, please THINK deeper…

    • ARIKUTIK

      To brand the poor girl who’s only wish is to live with out hurting others as criminals is the most inhuman law ever crafted by the rich hipocrites.

      • basilionisisa

        no one cares if your mother or sister would want to be a prostitute openly or hiddenly, it’s YOUR choice, but please don’t advocate it for EVERY ONE who will definitely be AFFECTED, and who may not share your moral values.

      • ARIKUTIK

        Who cares if your mother or sister is prostitute. They could have just followed the steps your grandmother and your over wet aunts . Even then they are criminals in the eyes of law. Now, do you really have a brain to comprehend the conflicting statement. What a donk blahberring with out knowledge. Further more, did Jesus condemned Magdalena the prostitute. Isn’t it that Jesus challenged the hipocrits to throw the first stone. No one was able to stone Magdalena for the simple reason that the rich hipocrits in terms of todays injustice were the ones who pushed Magdalena into prostitution. The hipocrites lives on drinking the blood of Magdalena and her only recourse not to die dried is to sell her body to the same hipocrits who condemns her. Isn’t it that the rich lawmakers are bribed with young beautiful prostitute to craft corrupt unjust law ? Isn’t it that the foriegn lobby of moneyed multi national drug companies pushed for RH law ? Hipocrits are the real criminals in this world that is why Jesus did not condemn Magdalena.

  • NoWorryBHappy

    Kailan ang licensure exam para maging  Professional Prostitute ?
    Kailangan bang mag-apply sa Professional Regulations Commission din ?
    Aba, eh, hindi na nakakahiyang tumabi sa mga lisensiyadong doktor and abugadong magiging
    customer. Ano ang magandang titulo ? Social Worker, kaya ?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KZYUJY2URJQY7UHGYY2MVGREKU kalium

      hindi nga legal, decriminalize lang

      • marionics

        hmmm
        i think for practical purposes e pareho lang yun

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    It´s about time.

  • disqusted0fu

    Speaking of Neil Tupas, what happened to the graft case filed against him and his dad? What, just because he is an obvious administration ally the courts will just let that slip as if nothing happened?

    Anyway, if poverty is reduced then so will prostitution. But in this administration the rich is getting richer and the poor is getting poorer. That’s why with or without this law, prostitution will stay abundant in our country



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