MANILA - Parents and other adults are still not allowed to spank children even after President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed an "anti-palo" bill.
According to Atty. Noel Del Prado, any form of physical and psychological abuse is punishable by law, as mandated by Republic Act 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.
"Bawal pa rin ang pamamalo under our existing laws, lalo na ang RA 7610, 'yung ating batas laban sa child abuse... 'yung masasakit na salita, 'yung pagmumura, bawal pa rin 'yun sa RA 7610," he told DZMM Teleradyo.
RA 7610 states that psychological and physical abuse, neglect, cruelty and "any act by deeds or words which debases, degrades or demeans the intrinsic worth and dignity of a child as a human being" is considered child abuse.
Del Prado explained that just because the law was vetoed, this doesn't mean that parents and adults can now spank their children.
"Hindi ibig sabihin na na hindi naipasa itong batas ay puwede nang gawin lahat ng 'yun," he said.
"Kasi 'yung batas, hindi lang siya nagpapataw ng kulong o multa. Ang halaga din niya, tinuturuan din tayo paano ba 'yung tamang pagpapalaki sa ating mga anak at ito sana 'yung nagbibigay ng halimbawa nung mga hindi dapat ginagawa natin ginagawa sa ating mga anak," Del Prado added.
Last week, Malacañang said Duterte has vetoed an "anti-palo" bill that prohibits beating children and other physical forms of punishment to discipline them.
Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros filed the measure, which she said aims to promote "positive and nonviolent discipline of children."
Sixty-six percent or 2 in 3 parents discipline their children through corporal punishment, a 2011 Pulse Asia survey showed.
Corporal punishment, however, erodes parent-child relationships because youngsters viewed their parents as givers of pain, Hontiveros said, citing a study.
Psychologists and child experts are also against corporal punishment, adding there are other ways curb a child's bad behavior.