Stalking an act of violence against women, children

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Persida Acosta

Persida Acosta

Dear PAO,
I have a live-in partner who always beats me up whenever he gets drunk. Once, he even encouraged me to commit a crime to which I did not accede. Because of our constant quarrels, I decided to live separately from him, and returned to my hometown. During my stay there at my parents’ house, I noticed, at least three times a week, a car parked near our house. I recognized the car because it was owned by my live-in partner’s employer. I began to suspect that my live-in partner is watching me, and I fear that he might be planning something against me. What shall I do?
Adriana

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Dear Adriana,
You should file a complaint for violation of Republic Act (RA) 9262 against your live-in partner. The infliction of physical injuries upon you constitutes physical abuse under Section 5 of the same law. If you can prove that your live-in partner is really inside the car and he is watching or stalking you and this act of him can sow fear on your part, then this could be a ground for psychological abuse.
Section 3 (d) of RA 9262 defines stalking as “an intentional act committed by a person who, knowingly and without lawful justification, follows the woman or her child or places the woman or her child under surveillance directly or indirectly or a combination thereof.”
In connection thereto, Section 5 (h) of the law, provides:
“SECTION 5. Acts of Violence Against Women and Their Children.- The crime of violence against women and their children is committed through any of the following acts:

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(h)Engaging in purposeful, knowing or reckless conduct, personally or through another, that alarms or causes substantial emotional or psychological distress to the woman or her child. This shall include, but not be limited to, the following acts:
1)    Stalking or following the woman or her child in public or private places;
2)    Peering in the window or lingering outside the residence of the woman or her child;
3)    Entering or remaining in the dwelling or on the property of the woman or her child against her/his will;
4)    Destroying the property and personal belongings or inflicting harm to animals or pets of the woman or her child; and
5)    Engaging in any form of harassment or violence.”
To prevent your live-in partner from stalking or inflicting physical harm on you, you can apply for a Barangay Protection Order in the barangay (village) where you reside or temporary protection order/permanent protection order in the regional trial court, metropolitan trial court, municipal trial court, municipal circuit trial court with territorial jurisdiction over the place of residence of the petitioner; provided, however, that if a family court exists in the place of residence of the petitioner, the application shall be filed with that court (Section 10, Ibid.).
We hope that we were able to answer your queries. Please be reminded that this advice is based solely on the facts you have narrated and our appreciation of the same. Our opinion may vary when other facts are changed or elaborated.

Editor’s note: Dear PAO is a daily column of the Public Attorney’s Office. Questions for Chief Acosta may be sent to dearpao@manilatimes.net

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  1. mylene de sena on

    good afternon po.ako po si mylene dito sa japan.gusto ko lang po huminge ng tulong sa inyo.gusto ko po ilapit sa inyo ang problema ng asawa ko.hindi na po simple ang nangyayari sa amin.kasi po ang asawa ko nalulong sa pakikipag chat sa kalahi nila.ang asawa ko is brasilian.apat po ang anak namin.away bati po ang nangyayari sa pag sasama namin.kasi nga po masyado rin akong selosa.may dahilan naman po ang pag seselos ko kasi yong asawa ko nalulong sa pakikipag chat.2013 ng nadeskubre ko ang asawa ko na may kinalulukuhan sa internet.halos araw araw ang comunication nila sa isat isa.may trabaho din po kasi ako kaya hindi kuna napapansin ang ginagawa ng asawa ko kasi pang gabi siya at pang araw naman ako.tiwala naman po ako sa kanya kasi alam ko hindi siya gagawa ng kalukuhan sa akin.sa dami narin naming anak pero hindi pala.hangang sa ako na mismo ang nakabasa ng mga mensahe nila sa isat isa.ang sakit isipin na ang asawa mo malambing sa iba.ang ganda pa ng mga mensahe nila sa isat isa.hangang sa block ko yong babae.sa account namin sa fb.sa lahat ng account ng asawa ko.block ko siya.kasi hindi na maganda yong ginagawa nila.alam naman ng babae na pamilyado ang asawa ko.pilit niya sinisira ang relasyon naming mag asawa.pero hindi ko rin po alam kung sino na talaga ang sumisira ng pamilya namin yong babae o ang asawa ko mismo.nahihirapan nakung masyado.nasasaktan kasi harap harapan nakung niluluko ng asawa ko.ayaw niya tigilan ang babae.tapos gumawa na naman siya nang bagong account.muli na naman niyang e add ang babae na labis niyang pinag tutuonan ng pag mamahal niya at oras.kisa ako na asawa niya na katuwang niya araw araw.hindi ko naramdaman ang effort ng asawa ko sa akin.sa amin ng mga bata.denelete kona yong babae para maging maayos uli ang pag sasama namin.umasa akong nalimutan na niya yong babae na naging girlfriend niya sa Internet lang.halos mag hiwalay na kami dahil ayaw niya tigilan ang pakikipag chat.masyado na niyang sineryuso yong babae.ang pangalan niya claudia gicele monteiro.ang masakit pa hindi pa man sila ng asawa ko ginagamit na niya ang apelido namin na sena.ang intensyon ng babaeng ito wasakin ang pamilya namin at sila ng asawa ko ang mag sama.alam ko kasalanan din ito nang asawa ko. masyado na niyang pihalagahan ang babae.kaya umaasa tuloy na magiging sila.at kaming totoong pamilya ay ibandona ng asawa ko.napapagod na po ako sa sitwasyon ko.ginagago naku ng asawa ko.hindi na po siya nakakatulong sa akin.nahihirapan nakung makisama sa taong ginagamit nalang ako kasi kung mahal ako ng asawa ko.kami ng mga anak namin alam niyang Mali ang ginagawa niya pilit parin niyang pinag papatuloy ang relasyon nila nong babae.ayaw niya tigilan.madalas ang palitan na naman nila ng mensahe nila sa isat isa.madalas narin akong magkasakit dahil napapabayaan kuna ang sarili ko.dahil sa kakaisip sa mga traidor na tao.umabot na ng dalawang taon ang panluluko sa akin ng asawa ko.nahihirapan naku payuhan niyo po ako.kung ano po ang maganda at ikabubuti please po….hintayin ko po ang responce nyo salamat po.