Last edited: February 10, 2005
There is no offence of homosexual activity in Philippine law. Homosexual acts
carried out in a public place could fall under "grave scandal"
penalised by Article 200 of the Revised Penal Code (1983 Report of the Law
Reform Commission of Hong Kong on Laws Governing Homosexual Conduct).
"There is actually no discrimination over criminal offenders in the
Philippines. Everyone is punished for committing any form of crime regardless
of sexual orientation." (Swedish
Foreign Office/RFSL survey)
On 30 Sept 1997 the Philippines introduced a law allowing spouses and men
to sue for rape. "Through this law we ensure that no woman - including
wives - or man is subjected to sexual acts against her or his will"
President Fidel Ramos said. The law reclassifies rape as a "public"
crime which permits anyone to file a suit on behalf of a victim. The
definition of rape is expanded to include oral and anal sex as well as
insertion of objects into sexual organs. (RW, quoted in IB/4/97, page 31)