A jail time of six years to be slapped on two-timing spouses was proposed by a lawmaker in the House of Representatives.
Neophyte Rep. Edcel “Grex” Lagman Jr. of Albay made the proposal with his House Bill 2352 which slaps prison correctional or six months to six years imprisonment on a husband who engages in sexual intercourse with another woman not his wife—the same penalty to be meted to a wife engaging in sexual intercourse with another man not her husband.
Under Lagman’s proposal, the crime of philandering husband and a wife will be classified as adultery, an upgrade compared with a present law, which slaps an adultery charge on a philandering wife but metes concubinage to a philandering husband, which carries a lesser penalty compared with adultery.
More importantly, the Lagman proposal imposes the same penalty to a philandering husband who maintains a sexual relationship with another man, as well as to a philandering wife who has sexual relationship with another woman.
“I am supportive of gender equality and rights of the LGBT community, but we must not limit its concept with the positive side of things. Just like in marriage, equality should be present for better or for worse. Every person must also be prepared to accept and carry the burden of equal liability and responsibility,” Lagman pointed out.
Equality, Lagman cited, must be upheld both in the rewards as well as in the sanctions for violations handed by society thru laws.
“The law as it now stands provides a cause of action against men and women who carry on extra-marital affairs with full knowledge that their lovers are married. With these amendments, there will also be a cause of action for gay and/or lesbian lovers,” Lagman, a lawyer, added.
Llanesca T. Panti