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Bill seeks to criminalize necrophilia

Posted On 2013 Jul 27
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Outgoing Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo walks with President-elect Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino shortly before leaving Malacanang palace for the inauguration ceremony at Quirino grandstand in Manila June 30, 2010.  REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

Outgoing Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo walks with President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino shortly before leaving Malacanang palace for the inauguration ceremony at Quirino grandstand in Manila June 30, 2010. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

MANILA, July 25 (Mabuhay) — Former President and now Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her son, Camarines Sur 2nd District Rep. Diosdado Macapagal Arroyo, have filed a bill that seeks to criminalize necrophilia.

House Bill 1375 authored by the Arroyos seeks to penalize necrophiles or those who morbidly derive sexual gratification by copulating with a corpse.

In filing the bill, Arroyo said “sexual violation of or sexual intercourse with a female corpse is presently beyond the pale of our criminal justice system.”

“Article 309 of the New Civil Code on desecration of the dead merely gives rise to liability for damages,” Arroyo said.

Arroyo said necrophilia should be penalized to the fullest extent of the law.

Persons found guilty of necrophilia shall suffer the penalty of prision mayor to reclusion temporal and a fine of P100,000 to P500,000 at the discretion of the court.

If necrophilia is committed by two or more persons, or by any person in whose care or custody the corpse is found, the penalty shall be reclusion temporal. (MNS)

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