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Feeling like a fish out of water

Do you ever get a feeling that you're like a fish out of water, I certainly am at times when discussions about a 60 year old man messing with a 16 year old girl is justified in the name of love, LOL.
Perhaps we are really being judgmental and harsh without being aware or consider where it was coming from because oftentimes people see things along the lines of what is considered legal and prevailing culture of people back in the country.

On the other hand in the course of going around the social networking I chance upon Ninotchka Rosca's comment which became my favorite quote of the day, to wit:

"One has to render judgment, lest these things and views are never changed."

I must admit that I did poke fun and made a joke about it a number of times. I really have to stop joking about this because it does not really help but just makes it worse that we become an enabler of DOM (dirty old man) and exploitation of minors in the Philippines instead of helping come up with solutions.

The problem is we have an antiquated anti-rape law that would you believe was already amended in 1997 but is still in a Taliban like era in protecting or lack of it minor children?
In this amended law sex with minor is considered as rape only when the child is below 12 years of age. It makes you wonder if those that crafted and voted for this amendment think that children stops being a child once they had their first menstrual period. What is even more perplexing is the inclusion of incest without classifying it as incest, don't we have laws against incest in the Philippines or did they remove it altogether?

Of course when we hear a celebrity of international fame at that gets embroiled in a scandalous relationship people get shocked and reacts violently. Well at least just in the social networking site, a virtual world in written word and we ought to be thankful for that, I should say more so with Ka Freddie.

There is a need to pressure our lawmakers to first improve HB 0681 by raising the age to 18 or at least 17 instead of just 16 years old in order to discourage and prevent pedophilia. We already have so many problem with criminals and criminal minded misinterpreting due process to be beyond the right to be heard in court in a just and fair manner. It gets even more exacerbated when we have so many antiquated laws that exploits instead of protect our children.

While we are at it we need to really rid congress with PDAF and DAP because if they can't even come up with laws that exploits instead of protect our children what more with enabling laws on anti-political dynasty that's been sitting idle in our constitution for so long?

To those people insisting that it was Aguilar and the 16 year old girls personal business let me leave this question for you to ponder on......... If you have a 16 year old daughter will you give them the blessing to have a relationship with a 60 year old man or even Freddie Aguilar himself?
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