Ano Ang Anti-Mail Order Bride?

 

“ATTY., SINISINGIL PO AKO NG KAKILALA KO DAHIL SIYA DAW NAG-INTRODUCE SA AKIN SA JAPANESE NA NAGING BOYFRIEND KO, LEGAL PO BA YUN?”

ANG REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6955 OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE ANTI-MAIL ORDER BRIDE LAW AY NAGBABAWAL NA MAGTAYO BILANG BUSINESS O KUMITA SA PAG-MATCH NG FILIPINO WOMEN SA FOREIGNER MEN FOR MARRIAGE EITHER SA PAMAMAGITAN NG MAIL-ORDER BASIS O KAYA BY PERSONAL INTRODUCTION. ANG PAGLABAG NG BATAS NA ITO AY ISANG KRIMEN UNDER REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6955 NA MAY PARUSANG KULONG.

May nagtanong sa E-Lawyers Online kung may kaso ba ang panghihingi ng arrangement fee para sa pagpapakilala sa foreigner at sa mga Filipina na kaibigan niya for purposes ng pagpapakasal o kaya ng “dating”. Ganito ang katanungan ng isang reader ng E-Lawyers Online:

“Atty., may pinakilala po sa akin na foreigner ang tiyahin ng kaibigan ko at niyaya ako na mag vacation sa bansa nila. Kaso tinatakot ako na sisiraan ako sa foreigner dahil humihingi siya ng pera dahil siya naman daw nagpakilala sa akin. Dapat ba akong magbigay e wala po talaga ako pera? May maikakaso po ba ako?”

Ang Section 2 ng Republic Act No. 6955 otherwise known as Anti-Mail Order Bride Act ay nagpaparusa ng kulong sa sinumang tao, direkta o hindi direkta, magtatag o magnegosyo na mag-match sa mga kababaihang Pilipino para sila ay makasal sa mga dayuhan o foreigner either by mail-order na batayan o sa pamamagitan ng personal na pagpapakilala. Bawal din ang pag-advertise, mag-publish, mag-print o mamahagi o magsanhi ng advertisement, publication, imprenta o pamamahagi ng anumang brochure, flier, o anumang materyal na itaguyod ang mga ipinagbabawal na gawain.

Section 2. Pursuant thereto, it is hereby declared unlawful:

(a) For a person, natural or juridical, association, club or any other entity to commit, directly or indirectly, any of the following acts:

(1) To establish or carry on a business which has for its purpose the matching of Filipino women for marriage to foreign nationals either on a mail-order basis or through personal introduction;

(2) To advertise, publish, print or distribute or cause the advertisement, publication, printing or distribution of any brochure, flier, or any propaganda material calculated to promote the prohibited acts in the preceding subparagraph;

(3) To solicit, enlist or in any manner attract or induce any Filipino woman to become a member in any club or association whose objective is to match women for marriage to foreign nationals either on a mail-order basis or through personal introduction for a fee;

(4) To use the postal service to promote the prohibited acts in subparagraph 1 hereof.

(b) For the manager or officer-in-charge or advertising manager of any newspaper, magazine, television or radio station, or other media, or of an advertising agency, printing company or other similar entities, to knowingly allow, or consent to, the acts prohibited in the preceding paragraph.

Ang basehan ng R.A. 6955 ay ang pagprotekta sa dangal ng ating mga kababaihan. Ang paglabag sa batas na ito ay may parusang kulong sa Section 4 ng RA 6955:

Section 4. Any person found guilty by the court to have violated any of the acts herein prohibited shall suffer an imprisonment of not less than six (6) years and one (1) day but not more than eight (8) years, and a fine of not less than Eight thousand pesos (P8,000) but not more than Twenty thousand pesos (P20,000): Provided, That if the offender is a foreigner, he shall be immediately deported and barred forever from entering the country after serving his sentence and payment of fine.

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