Daily Archives: July 17, 2012
A PARTY-LIST lawmaker has filed a bill against bullying of marginalized, oppressed and powerless (MOP) persons.
AKO Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe’s House Bill 6386 intends to prohibit and penalize bullies who perform written, verbal or electronic acts of bullying on other persons because of their race, ethnic origin, religion, or religious affiliation or beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, social status, age, looks, or political beliefs.
“People insult and abuse people just because they are different from the norm. Some take the very extreme route and commit physical harm upon a person, which cannot necessarily be prosecuted as physical injuries, but is offensive nonetheless,” he said.
The bill penalizes any unwanted physical contact between the bully and the victim like punching, pushing, shoving, kicking, slapping, tickling, headlocks, inflicting pranks, teasing, fighting and the use of available objects as weapons. It also includes acts and slanderous statements that cause damage to the victim’s psyche or emotional well-being.
Cyber-bullying is included in the prohibited acts.
“Of course, we cannot leave out cyberspace, because many of the bullies are more courageous and abusive when they are hidden under a cyber identity,” Batocabe said.
Perpetrators of MOP-bullying shall be penalized with imprisonment or payment of fine, or both.