MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte believes that parents can physically punish their children in a "self-restrained" manner which is why he rejected the "anti-palo" bill, his spokesperson said Friday.
Malacañang on Thursday confirmed that Duterte vetoed an "anti-palo" bill that prohibits beating children and other physical forms of punishment to discipline them.
"As a parent to four children, the President believes that responsible parents can administer corporal punishment in a self-restrained manner," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
Duterte also believes that corporal punishment remains as an "effective form of discipline" that is also "uniquely Filipino."
"PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) believes that such measure is still an effective form of discipline – uniquely Filipino -- that resulted in many children becoming law-abiding citizens of the country," Panelo said.
Panelo explained that the President rejected the bill since it failed to properly distinguish between "reasonable and excessive corporal punishment."
Despite the President's decision, Panelo reminded parents that there are laws that can be used against them if they implement "abusive measures" at their homes.
"We have laws, for example, which penalize parents who inflict cruel and unusual punishment upon their child," he said.