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Cops may enter homes to stop violence vs women, kids: mayor

By Raquel C. Bagnol of

POLICE do not need to secure an arrest or a search warrant in order to enter a residence where violence against women or children is being committed.

However, they are prohibited from initiating an amicable settlement between both parties.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said this during Sunday's episode of the Ato ni Bay media forum at the Yellow Fin Restaurant.

"There is no such thing as a family matter when it comes to violence, and the very act of violating women gives the policemen or barangay leaders the power to enter into any dwelling and interfere especially if the case involves battering of women or children," Duterte said.

However, Duterte clarified that policemen and barangay officials are prohibited from trying to initiate or to amicably settle the conflict, especially between couples as this would only become a vicious cycle if not given severe punishment.

Republic Act 9262, he said, is an act defining violence against women and children, providing for protective measures for victims and prescribing penalties.

It is also known as the Anti-violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004.

"Let me just remind you that there is a memorandum from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for the barangays to address the need of its constituents particularly women and children from violence and threats to their personal safety and security," Duterte said.

During the Kapehan forum at the Royal Mandaya Hotel last week, Davao City Councilor Angela Librado-Trinidad said violence against women and their children is defined as "any act or a series of acts committed by any person against a woman who is his wife, former wife, or against a woman with whom the person has or had a sexual or dating relationship, or with whom he has a common child, or against her child whether legitimate or illegitimate, within or without the family abode, which result in or is likely to result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering, or economic abuse including threats of such acts, battery, assault, coercion, harassment or arbitrary deprivation of liberty."

Trinidad also said that violence against women could either be physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence or economic abuse.


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