House panels OK bill raising age for statutory rape from 12 to 16

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MANILA, Philippines — Two committees in the House of Representatives approved Thursday a substitute bill raising the age for statutory rape from the current 12 years old to 16 years old.

During the joint online hearing of the House committee on revision of laws and committee on welfare of children, lawmakers approved the substitute bill that consolidated 10 proposed measures regarding the matter.

Tingog-Sonirangan Rep. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez, who chairs the committee on welfare of children, said that if the proposed measure is passed into law, any adult who has sexual intercourse with a minor below 16 years old will be guilty of rape even if the minor has given his or her c…

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