The daughter clause: A study of Article 247 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines

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Document Type

Bachelor's Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Legal Management

Subject Categories

Civil Rights and Discrimination | Family Law


Ramon V. Del Rosario College of Business


Commercial Law

Thesis Adviser

Emily S. Salcedo

Defense Panel Chair

Antonio A. Ligon

Defense Panel Member

Larry P. Ignacio
Ma. Araceli B. Habaradas


This thesis discusses and reviews Article 247 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines, primarily on the daughter clause. The law implies that the act of the parent in killing his/her daughter is excusable on the grounds of passion and obfuscation. It is an exceptional circumstance that defines no crime but protects the accused.

The Constitution guarantees the right to life, liberty and the equal treatment of the law under the Equal Protection Clause. The Philippines is a signatory of international laws such as Convention on the Rights of a Child (CRC), Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The Philippines also has Republic Act 9710, known as the Magna Carta of Women. Article 247 violates these laws.

With the changing times, society has evolved and placed a significant importance on the life of a person as seen on the Universal declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This study aims to prove that Article 247 is unconstitutional because it contradicts our Bill of Rights and in violation of our domestic and international laws.

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

Physical Description

67 leaves, illustrations, 28 cm.


Honor killings--Law and legislation--Philippines; Daughters—Legal status, laws, etc.--Philippines; Right to life--Philippines

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