FALSE: Bill ‘penalizing fathers’ for failure to give child support ‘passed into law’
Claim: A bill seeking to penalize a father for his failure to provide child support has been passed into law.
The website dilawnabuwan.com posted an article on July 26, which details the provision of the supposed newly enacted law.
A part of the article said: “Kamakailan lang ay naging batas na ang bill na ipinasa ni Manila Representative Rosenda Ann Ocampo na nagsasabing mapaparusahan ang mga ama na hindi magbibigay ng tamang sustento at suporta sa kaniyang mga anak.”
(Recently, the bill filed by Manila Representative Rosenda Ann Ocampo seeking to penalize fathers for failure to provide the right support to his children has been passed into law.)
The article is headlined “Batas Laban Sa Mga Ama Na Hindi Nagbibigay Ng Sustento Sa Mga Anak Ipinasa Na! (Law against fathers who fail to provide child support passed into law!)
According to the social media tool CrowdTangle, the claim has drawn over 23,000 shares, 80,000 reactions, 16,000 comments. Some of the Facebook pages which shared the claim are Buhay May Asawa, Pinoy Health Tips, and Hello Kitty Pa More.
The facts: As of October 2019, House Bill No. 6079, or the Child Support Enforcement Act, has not yet been signed into law. Similar versions of the measure had been filed several times, yet they remained pending at the House committee level.
The version of the bill filed in the 15th Congress has been pending before the committee on welfare of children since August 23, 2011.
The bill mentioned in the claim was authored by former Manila 6th District Representative Rosenda Ann Ocampo. She filed another version in the 17th Congress which was left pending at the committee on revisions of laws.
The latest versions (HBs 3925 and 1414), filed by incumbent Quezon City 5th District Representative Alfred Vargas in the 17th and 18th Congress, were also pending either at the committee on revision of laws or at the committee on welfare of children.
The claim specifically mentioned that only the father of the child would be penalized if he fails to provide legal support. This is misleading. What the bill proposed exactly is to impose a penalty on the obliged parent who refused to provide legal child support.
The bill defined legal child support as the amount to be paid by the obliged parent to the custodial parent.
There is no existing law to penalize anyone for failure to provide legal child support. Under Republic Act (RA) No. 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004, a person who deprives a woman or her children of financial support would be punished for 6 years in jail.
The website dilawnabuwan.com lacks sufficient information, such as its office address or contact information, to say it is legitimate. The byline of the article containing the claim is hidden in the pseudonym “dilaw." According to WhoIs, a tool that provides domain registration details of websites, the domain was created only on April 5, 2019. – Glenda Marie Castro/Rappler.com
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