A British man has been arrested in Zamboanga del Norte under a section of a law that penalises such behaviour as causing “public ridicule” against a woman.
Christopher Moore, aged 54, from Gwynedd County in Wales, is being for violation of Republic Act 9262, otherwise known as the “Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act of 2004”.
Zamboanga del Norte regional police director, Chief Superintendent Emmanuel Luis Licup said Moore was arrested through a warrant of arrest at about 1.30pm yesterday (Wednesday, August 28) at a rental property in Jose Dalman town.
Cf. Supt. Licup said Moore had a standing warrant of arrest for violation of Section 5(i) of Republic Act 9262, with a recommended bail of 80,000 pesos issued on November 21 by a court in Dipolog City.
The details of Moore’s alleged offending have not been revealed.
Section 5 of the R.A. 9262 covers “Acts of Violence Against Women and Their Children.- The crime of violence against women and their children is committed through any of the following acts…”
In particular, section 5(i) reads: “Causing mental or emotional anguish, public ridicule or humiliation to the woman or her child, including, but not limited to, repeated verbal and emotional abuse, and denial of financial support or custody of minor children of access to the woman’s child/children.”
Other sections of the act cover such vague terms as “making a woman a sex object”, “omissions likely to cause emotional suffering”, “economic abuse” and “peering in the window”. Under the terms of the act, a case can be brought by anybody, whether or not they are involved in a relationship with the accused.
Moore is now being held at the police headquarters of Jose Dalman town.
Read Republic Act 9262 in full here.
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