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The Anti-Manyak Law and 10 Other Pinoy Sex Laws You Need To Know About Now!


The Reproductive Health Law was declared constitutional for the second and final time last July  1. It may be the first law particularly aimed at sexual health, but there are definitely other "sex laws” out there we don’t usually learn in school but must know by heart. Because admit it: When we reach that “point of no return,” things can get wild and ugly and downright irresponsible, even legally.

You don't want you to be “Vhong Navarro-ed” or legally killed (oh yes, it can be done) because of your sexual liaisons, right? So we digested these Philippine sex laws for you in non-nosebleed terms! Learn now, responsible manyaks!  



Are you guilty of this: Inviting a chikababe to “chill out” with a few drinks and hope to high heavens she gets in the mood and finds you a little more “hot”? Ingat lang bro, you could be committing—gasp!—rape!

Rape is defined by the Anti-Rape Law as having oral, anal, or genital sex with a person, or inserting any object (including fingers) into the person’s ass or vajayjaywithout the person’s consent.

If she’s unconscious, drugged, mentally troubled, under threat, or too drunk, she could be “devoid of reason” and thus, not capable of giving valid consent. Except of course if she agrees with conviction, like this:


Rape is rape: The law also doesn’t care whether you were drunk as well, if you didn’t know she was drunk, if she invited you to her condo to bring "foods" or make MOMOL, if you’ve done it with her before, or if she's already your legal wife. Mkay?

And just so you know, being guilty of rape can get you a minimum of 30 years in prison (Reclusion Perpetua), where you can, you know, get reciprocated (read: man-raped).



If you catch your legal wife in the act of having sex with her kalaguyo, you can actually kill that guy or your wife (or both) and you won’t be jailed, according to Article 247 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines. Instead of homicide it becomes a crime of passion where you are understood for being “intense” in such a heart-breaking moment.

However, you will be punished with destierro (somewhat like a restraining order) if you kill either of them. If you cause either of them physical injuries only, you’ll go scot-free.

But here’s the catch: The killing should be out of anger and immediately after the sexual act (a few more hours and it becomes “planned” murder).   



Under the same article of the Revised Penal Code, parents who kill the sex partners of their daughters (who are below 18 years old and living with them) immediately after catching them in the act of sexual intercourse will also not go to jail.    


Okay, there’s really no law stating that dog style is illegal, but there’s a case law (a particular case decided by the Supreme Court and followed just like a law) in which a rape committed in doggy style was imposed a higher penalty than that of the ordinary missionary rape.

In the case of People vs. Saylan (1984), the unconventional manner of penetration was seen by the Supreme Court as an aggravating circumstance that increased the penalty from life imprisonment to death. 


You can’t have sex with a woman “of good repute” (not a known prostitute) who is under 18 but over 12, even if you love each other and plan to marry. If you do this, you open yourself to a charge of simple seduction, which is punishable by one to six months imprisonment.  


Next time you go to a spa, make sure the masseuse is of legal age: The mere act of being with a minor (under 18 years old) who is not your relative inside a private room (spa, hotel, house) is considered an “attempt to commit child prostitution” and is punishable by at least 12 years imprisonment, according to RA 7610.  


Women really has the power in this country—not only is the newest Reproductive Health Law intended for their health (though it gives free vasectomy to qualified men, too) they also have a special Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Law which penalizes basically anything a woman finds “emotionally distressing.” For example:

§  Keeping your date or gf’s car keys so she won’t find them

§  Manipulating her emotions 

§  Depriving her of economic, psychological, or emotional support (whatever that means) 

And it doesn’t matter if you dated her for one week or one year—as long as she can prove you were in a dating or sexual relationship with her, she can sue you!

And not only that; VAWC cases are processed faster than other ordinary cases, entitled to all types of damages, and have their own special courts. It also carries a minimum sentence of one month and one day and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Hence, this piece of advice: Kung may ka-relasyon ka, UMAYOS KA!  


Did you know that your repeated attempts to make pa-cute or ask a girl out may constitute sexual harassment, which could result to one to six months imprisonment (plus fine)? The United Nationsdefines sexual harassment as:

“Any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, verbal 
or physical conduct, or gesture of a sexual nature, or any other 
behaviour of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected 
or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation to another.”

Verbal abuse includes calling an adult “girl,” “hunk,” “babe,” or “honey,” whistling at someone, making sexual comments on a person’s body, telling green jokes or stories, asking personal questions about one’s sex life or history, spreading rumors about a person’s sex life, and repeatedly asking out a person who’s not interested.  

Non-verbal abuse includes looking at a person up and down (elevator eyes), staring at someone, blocking a person's path, following the person, giving personal gifts, displaying sexually suggestive visuals, and making facial expressions such as winking, throwing kisses, or licking one's lips.  


Sex in public and within public view (e.g. inside a car with the windows open) is consideredindecency and will get you and your lover one to six months in prison.  


The new Reproductive Health Law mandates giving free contraceptives and family planning services (tubal ligation, vasectomy, etc.) to less fortunate men and women. It also requires sex education in public schools and allows doctors to treat women who just had an abortion. Finally!  


Touching a woman's sensitive parts (breast, butt, thigh) without her consent constitutes either the crime of “acts of lasciviousness” or “unjust vexation,” depending on the man's intent and the circumstances.

If done with lewd design (manyak intent), the crime is acts of lasciviousness, which carries a penalty of six months to six years imprisonment.

If, however, the touching was done only to vex or make asar the girl, the offense is unjust vexation, which equates to one day to one month imprisonment only.

But: No matter how much you convince the judge that you had no manyak intent, if you did it inside a dark movie house or private place, lewd design is presumed and the crime is acts of lasciviousness.



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