Police arrested a man who allegedly showed his genitals and molested a 10-year-old boy in a fast food restaurant restroom in Makati City.
According to the victim’s mother, her son, alias “Romy” was eating with his aunt and cousin at a restaurant in Barangay Bel-Air when the child said he would go to the restroom.
When the boy entered the restroom, the 42-year-old suspect rubbed “Romy’s hand” as he played with his genitals, according to the mother.
Man molested 10-year-old boy in Makati fast food restroom
The suspect insisted that he had just peed and made fun of the boy.
The suspect will face charges of violating Republic Act 11313 or Bawal Bastos Law, according to Makati police chief Col. Rogelio Simon.
Simon also advised those who encountered similar suspects not to be afraid, to call attention to others, and to report to the authorities.
Republic Act 11313 or Bawal Bastos Law
President Duterte signed into law the “anti-Bastos” bill in July 2018.
Republic Act 11313 or the “Safe Streets and Public Spaces Act” seeks to prevent gender-based sexual harassment from occurring in streets, public places, online workplaces, and educational and training institutions.
The law states these crimes are “committed through any unwanted and uninvited sexual actions or remarks against any person regardless of the motive for committing such action or remarks.”
Among these acts are:
- leering and intrusive gazing
- unwanted invitations
- misogynistic, transphobic, homophobic, and sexist slurs
- persistent unwanted comments on one’s appearance
- relentless requests for one’s personal details such as name, contact and social media details or destination
- use of words, gestures or actions that ridicule on the basis of sex gender or sexual orientation, identity and/or expression.