Some Craziest Laws in the Philippines

Posted in Culture & Tradition on October 29, 2014
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For normal citizens with no hefty knowledge of the Philippine laws, one would think that some laws in this country are crazy. But how crazy is crazy? Below are few of the bills or laws in the Philippines, which are indeed, silly!

In 2009, a bill was approved doubling the penalty for theft or robbery committed within the Churches, Temples and Museums. Though we understood the point, but why not increase the penalty for theft and robbery in general? Theft is theft, and that is against the law. Why make the churches, temples and museums so special?

In 2010, a Representative from the second district of Cagayan De Oro filed a bill that limits the exposure of Children to violent programming on television and Cable Systems. Come to think of it, it can be somehow reasonable, but even kiddie shows contain more violence. Aside from Animes like Naruto, even Tom and Jerry have some graphic violence, although it was mixed with slapstick humor. And do I need to mention Power Rangers as well? Leave that action to the parents, or better yet, why not ban TV while you’re at it?

Remember when planking was a thing in 2011? A representative from Quezon City actually made a bill that castigates planking! The Anti-Planking Act of 2011 received numerous flak as the bill was not taken seriously. Geez! What a waste of time!

Did you find clones in Hollywood films interesting? Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but in 2004, another Cagayan De Oro representative filed a bill condemning Human Cloning in the Philippines! Not that it’s already a shocker that someone actually took the time in filing this, but the said bill is under consideration! Although it’s not yet possible, but come on! Talk about losing marbles!

And lastly, the most recent silly law is the Half-cup Rice Law in Cagayan De Oro City. This law will require all food establishments in Cagayan De Oro to include half cup rice in their menu. The said law will take effect in August. The violators will be subject to fines and worst case scenario, even cancellation of business permit. Did the city legislators think this through? I mean, for some who took their diet seriously, this is good news, but don’t they think this could be a burden for some business owners?

There will be more crazy bills and laws like these in the upcoming years. Will there be a stop to all of these silliness? Only time will tell.