Dumb Laws in the Philippines
Every country has lots of stupid laws so this really isn’t anything different than the rest of the world. You can find plenty of idiotic laws in different states and counties all over the US also. Having said that Pinoys have to put up with some strange ones.
Prison for Women Cheating on Husbands
I think many people are aware that cheating on your married partner is illegal in the Philippines, but some may not know that it is basically ‘more illegal’ for a woman to do so than a man.
If a man gets caught he will likely be charged with ‘concubinage’ and it will be a whole lot harder to convict him of it. There will have to be some sort of scandal involved, and if he gets convicted it will be a lesser sentence.
If a woman gets caught cheating on her husband she will get charged with adultery. No scandal is needed, she just has to have sex with another man. And she will almost assuredly get a 2 to 6 year prison sentence.
There are Times When Murder is Legal?
Related to the the weird law I just mentioned… Filipinos are legally allowed to kill their spouse if they walk in on them cheating. They can murder the mistress/lover too.
Since they look down on cheating so much they will allow you to kill anyone that cheats on you in wedlock. The only punishment is ‘destierro‘ which is banishment. It’s This sounds like a law from the 1400s not the 2000s.
You can kill your daughter and her ‘seducer’ if the daughter is under 18 years old and still lives with you, the parents. Some dads in the west may actually be jealous of this law.
Legal to Rape Your Wife
Being married to the victim absolves you of any penalty for rape.
I guess another anti-cheating, pro-marriage measure? It’s also very hard to get a divorce here, the state has the last say in the matter and without any extreme circumstances they’ll rule in favor of the marriage continuing.
So I guess the husband killing the daughter then raping the wife wouldn’t be enough for her to get rid of him? Not sure.
One Law that I Wish Would Have Passed
While looking around online one of the proposed laws that someone laughed at really caught my eye – a 5000 Peso fine for cutting in line.
When I first read them LOL’ing at this I assumed they must have been someone from the western world that had never lived here. Instead it appears to be by a Filipino.
This shocks me. One of the most annoying things about living here is how rude some people are, and cutting in line is the main way that they show it.
Granted it would be very hard to implement this rule since no police are ever around, but if it even kept 10% of the asshole line cutters from doing it in the future it would be well worth it.
Maybe they think the 5,000 peso fine is to much? Anyways, back to an actual dumb law proposal…….
There was a congresswoman that actually put a bill in motion to seek to make planking illegal in the Philippines.
No more words need to be said.