The unspoken truth: A study on the status of Filipino women in the Revised Penal Code

Date of Publication


Document Type

Bachelor's Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Legal Management

Subject Categories

Civil Rights and Discrimination | Law and Gender


Ramon V. Del Rosario College of Business


Commercial Law

Thesis Adviser

Hilario S. Caraan

Defense Panel Chair

Edward P. Chico

Defense Panel Member

Roxanne Dimayuga
Jose Palaganas


For generations, the prevalence of gender equality in the laws has been persistently called into doubt. In spite of the fact that most laws in the Philippines continue to serve the purpose of promoting the rights of its individuals, several laws still remain to be indirectly discriminatory to others. Some of the laws appear to be leaning towards the male gender without appropriate justification, and clear substantial distinction.

In adherence with the equal protection clause under the 1987 Philippine Constitution, that no person or class of persons shall be deprived of the same protection of laws which is enjoyed by other persons or other classes in the same place and in like circumstances, it is important to be taken into account that this constitutional mandate is being upheld in all aspects of the law, and those laws that are found to be inconsistent and in violation of this mandate shall be amended, if not repealed.

The country seeks to give high regard on Filipino women by ensuring that their fundamental rights to equality are not being encroached. To achieve outright equality between men and women before the law, all possible actions necessary in abolishing all sorts of gender bias existing in our laws such as discrimination, and prejudice to women shall be brought to effect.

This thesis seeks to study the status of Filipino women in the current criminal law of the Philippines, which is the Revised Penal Code, and address the provisions that may be deemed discriminatory, thus, in violation of the constitutional right of equal protection.

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Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F, Henry Sy Sr. Hall

Physical Description

iv, 135 leaves, 29 cm.


Women-- Legal status, laws, etc.--Philippines; Female offenders--Legal status, laws, etc.--Philippines

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