MANILA - A lawmaker on Wednesday said he filed a bill that would expand the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act to cover all, regardless of gender, who suffer violence from their partners.
"Makabago na po ang ating panahon at may pananaw na nagsasabi na (Times are changing and there's a view that says) domestic violence is a power and not a gender issue," said Rizal 2nd District Rep. Fidel Nograles.
Nograles filed House Bill No. 4888 to amend Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act and expand its coverage "to all those who suffer violence from their partners," according to the measure's explanatory note.
According to Nograles, a small number of men and LGBT members also suffer from abusive partners. This could be in the form of physical or verbal abuse. The lawmaker stressed they also deserve legal protection.
"Kaya naisip po natin na isulong ang ganitong panukala para maging mas inclusive at mas malawak ang RA 9262," he said.
(We thought of this measure to make it more inclusive and expand RA 9262.)
He explained that his bill would cover all gender classifications as well as all kinds of relationships.
"Pagkat naniniwala tayo na ang kasarian ay 'di dapat maging balakid o hadlang upang makatanggap ng proteksiyon sa ilalim ng batas," he explained.
(We believe that gender is not a barrier to receive protection under the law.)