Age of Consent in the Philippines Raised From 12 to 16

The age of consent in the Philippines is now 16-years-old from 12-years-old after President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the Republic Act No. 11648.

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The move aimed to protect minors from sexual abuse and exploitation. The new law will punish anyone found to have engaged in sexual intercourse with a Filipino aged under 16 as it will be considered “statutory rape” unless it is consensual and that their age gap is not more than 3 years. It also stressed that the act must be non-abusive and non-exploitative. These exemptions, however, do not apply if one of the persons involved is under 13-years-old.

The new law was also notably gender neutral meaning that anyone of any gender can have criminal liability for engaging in a non-consensual sexual act with a child.

This marks the end of the Philippines being among the countries with the lowest minimum ages of sexual consent, behind Nigeria’s age of 11.

Sen. Risa Hontiveros is the principal author of the new measure.

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