Beng files bill vs sexual infidelity PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:54

House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao and District 1 Representative Beng Climaco has sponsored a bill against sexual infidelity, now consolidated into House Bill 5734 or an Act Defining the Crime of Sexual Infidelity.

House Bill 5734 has been endorsed by the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality for plenary action which also eliminates gender bias in laws penalizing the crims of adultery and concubinage.

The bill is a consolidation of Cong. Climaco’s bill and four others sponsored by Representatives Susan Yap of Tarlac, Josephine Veronique Lacson Noel of Malabon-Navotas, Teddy Brawner Baguilat of Ifugao and Linabelle Ruth Villarica of Bulacan.

The bill defines sexual infidelity as an act committed by any legally married person who shall have sexual intercourse with another person other than his or her legal spouse.

Under Article 333 of the Revised Penal Code, adultery is committed by a married woman who engages in sexual intercourse with a man not her husband. Offenders are punishable by prision correccional, a maximum jail term of six years.

On the other hand, Article 333 of RPC metes out on the offender a penalty of destierro or banishment from the community where the couple lives for a certain period of time.

HB 5734 treats the two crimes as the same acts that constitute sexual infidelity.

A penalty of prision correccional in its maximum period will be imposed upon a person who is found guilty of keeping a “paramour in the conjugal dwelling.”
On the other hand, if cohabitation takes place in a location other than the house of the legally married couple, the penalty will be prision correccional in its medium period.

The congressmen proposed that an offended party can no longer file charges against the alleged offender if the former is also guilty of sexual infidelity or had abandoned the guilty spouse without just cause for more than one year. — Marvin Segura/HOR media bureau