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The Mail Order Bride Law

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Republic Act No. 6955, also known as the Mail Order Bride Law, makes it unlawful for anybody to match up Filipino women for marriage to foreign nationals on a mail-order basis or through personal introduction.

This includes inviting Filipino women to become members of clubs whose objective is to match them up with foreigners for marriage for a fee.

The use of postal service and the advertisement, publication, printing or distribution of materials promoting such practices are also punishable.

Violators face jail terms of six to eight years and fines ranging from P8,000 to P20,000.

If the offender is a foreigner, he shall be immediately deported and barred forever from entering the country after serving his sentence and payment of fine. Almi Ilagan-Atienza, Inquirer Research

Sources: RA 6955, Inquirer archives

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