Liza Soberano urges Senate to pass the 'End the Child Rape' bill

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(Source: Liza Soberano/Instagram)
(Source: Liza Soberano/Instagram)

"Trese" star Liza Soberano just added another ending child rape to the list of her advocacies.

The actress, ambassador of the non-profit group Save the Children, joined the group’s call to raise the age of statutory rape. She is urging the Senate to pass the “End Child Rape” bill which would raise the age of sexual consent in the Philippines from 12 to 16.

According to the Anti-Rape Law of 1997, rape is committed when the aggrieved individual is "under twelve (12) years of age," making the Philippines the country with the lowest age of consent in Asia, and one of the lowest in the world. This allows adults to have sexual relations with minors as young as 12 years old without getting penalized.

In a video posted on her Twitter page on Wednesday (September 15), Liza said that “raising the age of statutory rape will drastically make it easier for these victims to seek and attain justice.”

“We call on the Philippine Senate to resume the deliberation of the ‘End Child Rape’ bill now,” she added.

She also cited data showing that most victims of child rape were abused by their family and other people close to their family.

“We can do so much better than this,” Liza underscored. “Please do it for the next generation of youth. We need to protect them at all [costs]. They are our future!”

The House of Representatives gave its final nod to its version of the bill in December of last year. The “End Child Rape” bill (Senate Bill No. 2332), meanwhile, was put up for plenary deliberations in the Senate last month.

Other celebrities including Bianca Gonzales, Catriona Gray and Anne Curtis also called to raise the age of consent.

Earlier this year, Liza also led a fundraiser for Save the Children Philippines, raising more than P500,000 ($10,000) to help children and their families amid the pandemic. Working with women’s group Gabriela, Liza spoke up about violence against women and children. In October of last year, Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade Jr. “red-tagged” Liza, along with Angel Locsin and Catriona Gray, for their affiliation with the group.

Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.

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