Rape of women and girls is male privilege in Philippines



Dealing with rape of children leading to children having children.

This article is intended for persons 11-years of age or older.

In the Republic of the Philippines, a 12 year-old must consent to sex, or else the act becomes statutory rape. That is the age of consent whereat many children commence their sex lives. Below that age, any form of penetration is statutory rape.

“The age of consent is 11, in Nigeria. The age of consent is 12 in the Philippines and Angola, and 13 in Burkina Faso, Comoros, Niger, and Japan,” according to the World Atlas.

But the threat of a statutory rape conviction in the Philippines has not deterred men in the Philippines who account for more rapes per capita in their communities than ISIS, says Katie Alsop, a founding director of the RINJ organization who spent considerable time in Mosul, Iraq while it was under ISIS control.

RAPE is:

the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.

Good advice: Don’t have sexual intercourse unless you are well-prepared to prevent sexually-transmitted disease and also have a healthy baby.

dealing with rape of children leading to children having children.

Dealing with rape of children leading to children having children.
Photo Credit: RINJ Mexico: Photo by Presidencia de la República Mexicana


The privileged class of rapists in the Philippines according to ‘Rape HelpLine‘ complainants:

  1. Politicians and their families;
  2. Religious clergy;
  3. Duterte-appointed Barangay Captains (local quasi-mayors); and
  4. Police.

“Raising age of consent to 16 may help change rape culture, but not much. The problem is government-led willingness of males to commit a crime, and using rape as a weapon of war, having a reasonable expectation of impunity,” says a Philippines doctor who does not want to be named for fear of becoming another EJK statistic.

Philippines Government sponsored rape as a weapon of war.

RINJ Women countered the President Duterte order to troops to rape three women each in the five-month-long armed conflict in Marawi, Philippines starting in May 2017. The women’s group met many rape survivors. Photo Credit: Courtesy The RINJ Foundation. Original photograph from Philippines Armed Forces.
Philippines Government sponsored rape as a weapon of war. See statement at: Philippines Soldiers Rape & Plunder under Martial Law

 


A law to raise the age to 16 has apparently died on the order paper unless the Philippines’ Senate immediately creates an age-of-consent bill to support what the Philippines Congress has already passed unanimously.

According to media reports, several Philippines Senators believe that child abuse laws are plentiful and thus there is no need to change the law of consent. The Bill is stalled by male lawmakers.

A German man who is now in his 90s, says he has lived in the Philippines since WWII, told FPMag Feminine-Perspective over a coffee at his local bakery that, “government in the Philippines is a privileged ruling class of dynasties that split territories as their particular turf.”

“The men,” he says, like to [sex] vulnerable little girls and boys, and that is why they will never change the ancient law made during Spanish occupation,” said Bruno.

“That’s what a lot of people think,” agreed Geraldine Frisque, a spokesperson for the RINJ Foundation women.

“Consensual intercourse is legal for Filipino 12-year-olds and older children. These kids cannot even do their fractions or tell you the name of the capital city of their country but they are in a position wherein they must decide about sexual contact,” said Ms. Frisque.

A World Bank report recently panned education standards in the Philippines saying that a  majority of kids up to 15-year-old do not understand fractions and that only 10% of Filipino fifth graders were at par with global standards. Bullying was prevalent across all grade levels, and school officials are unaware of the gravity of the violence. Some experts in May 2021 have described “Plummeting education standards a national emergency“, in the Philippines.

According to Karinna Angeles of The RINJ Foundation, her division of the RINJ organization operates a live HelpLine contact number across the Philippines and a live ®Signal HelpLine around the world. The women have concluded:

“Rape in the Philippines is a normal part of life”.

Nurse Angeles explains that during the pandemic, and the lockdown of the entire Philippines, primarily children forbidden to leave their homes since March 2020, until this week, the number of calls has escalated.

“The draconian lockdowns of children in the Philippines has led to a panacea for rapists,” said the GBV specialist nurse.

“But it gets complicated when the nine-year-olds are getting pregnant. Abortion is illegal and children of that age cannot deliver a baby because they are too small. Our best strategy is try to keep the child and baby alive until about 25 weeks and then when indicated thereafter, perform a caesarean delivery procedure, incubate the ‘neonate‘ if that is the case, and help the child-mother recover. Letting the pregnancy go much longer has caused dire situations with organ crowding and damage including hemorrhaging. We come up with what we think are miracles only to learn that the child and mother have HIV or HBV from the rapist. (HIV & AIDS Epidemic in Philippines fed by Rape/Incest).

Incubators and neonatal care stations

“Our best strategy is try to keep the child and baby alive until about 25 weeks and then when indicated thereafter, perform a caesarean delivery procedure, incubate the ‘neonate‘ if that is the case, and help the child-mother recover, ” explains RINJ Gender-Based Violence specialist nurse. Pictured here are neonatal incubators and neonatal care stations, ready to go. Courtesy The RINJ Foundation


“Most of the ‘HelpLine‘ callers are brothers or sisters asking about HIV/AIDS testing or STD testing having learned of a crime from a young sister or brother,” Karinna Angeles explains.

Rape goes unpunished  in the Philippines. Court is a misogynistic patriarch favouring men perpetrators.

“When exposed by a child survivor, most men claim the child they had sex with consented and judges buy into that story. RINJ observers attend court days for cases that do get a tribunal, often providing transport with guards for the ‘victim/witness’, and have learned that the process is a nightmare that favours men perpetrators,” she said.


“In order for the survivor of the crime to get a conviction, she or he would need to have at least one willing witness to the crime, or some other proof,” says a Filipino judge.


“Ordinarily the judges rule that it is the word of one person against the other and no verdict of guilty is ever possible, unless there are witnesses,” said nurse Angeles from Manila.

“A willing witness to the rape of a woman or girl is unlikely because unless coerced with force of a physical nature or by threat, compelling the witness to be present during the sex crime, they are likely a de facto participant in the crime. Witnesses fear coming forward.”


Rape survivors are at risk of being raped again at the police station if they make a complaint, say more than 12 sources, FPMag Feminine-Perspective interviewed or spoke with candidly about their experiences.

The process for the complainant of rape is years of court appearances and a total disruption of normal life because the number one preferred defence is to kill the “victim/witness”—using the PH legal term for rape survivors—hence rape survivors who file a complaint that goes to trial (most don’t), need physical protection until a trial verdict is handed down and the appeal window of time has closed.

Rape complainants in the Philippines not only risk their lives but also jeopardize the safety of their family as one sibling to a rape survivor in Hucab, Ifugao, explained during a three-year rape trial, saying that, “this is part of our culture. My sister’s complaint to police, and this long process of attendances of [the complainant and witnesses], now has the [accused person’s] family threatening to harm our whole family and our livelihood. They will kill my sister if they get the chance.”