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#1 poby

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 3:28 PM

I met a guy last night and over a few beers he mentioned his girlfriend is 17. He was surprised to hear that this a really bad idea especially considering he is over 18 (he is 63). He seems like a really nice guy but ignorance can be dangerous and It's easy for newcomers to this country to not realise matters relating to sex and age can be very different to back home. I thought it might be a good idea to remind people of the terrifying possible consequences of being with a girl under 18.

"The age of sexual consent in the Philippines is 12 for all, but contacts with minors (under 18) are an offence if the minor consents to the act for money, gain or any other remuneration or as the result of an influence of any adult person."

It's this last bit that makes it effectively illegal for anyone over 18 to have sex with one under 18.

According to Republic Act 7610, section 6, an "attempt to commit child prostitution" is deemed to have occured:

when any person who, not being a relative of a child, is found alone with the said child inside the room or cubicle of a house, an inn, hotel, motel, pension house, apartelle or other similar establishments, vessel, vehicle or any other hidden or secluded area

"child" is defined under the same act as being a person under the age of 18

So even simply being alone with a 17 year old in a hotel room is a serious breach of the law! Furthermore, the "child" doesn't have to complain, any close relative can lodge a complaint and land you in deeep hot water.

Whatever the rights or wrongs of the matter, disobeying the law has potential consequences. I don't judge anyone, it's enough for me to take care of my own ethics however I thought a timely reminder might help someone reading this to be careful and if in doubt, ask for I.D.



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Posted 09 June 2008 - 5:32 PM

"Stupid is as stupid does." Sometimes stupid can get ya killed. At the very least locked up in the jails of a 3rd world country. Hopefully this little 17 year old cutie is a pro and will take your buddy for every dime he has before her relatives turn him in for rape. JMO.

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 5:44 PM

Hummmm .... kinda harsh there Mr B ;) :o B) :lol: ........ but maybe he deserved it as in his country he knew it was illegal to begin with ..... but now here is an interesting question ..... how does he get out of it ....... if he just leaves and she is p*ssed than she can turn him in ....... if he stays with her wonder how long before her family turns him in the first time one of them gets p*ssed at him ........ all in all I think he is in a bit of a pickle ...... damned if he does and damned if he doesn't ....... should have used his head (the big one) in the first place ...... sure glad I don't have that problem ...... :lol: :P and I say this with the understanding that he just didn't know better ......... if he did ...... than back to Mr. Bastos to exercise punishment .......

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 5:57 PM

Apparently he wasn't the first guy she'd been with. The legal aspect however is the scary one. I've advised him to maintain the relationship at least until she turns 18 in a couple of months. I certainly wouldn't want to be in his situation and am always very careful about legal age which does vary from country to country so I'm not sure it would be illegal in his country. He was genuinely surprised when I suggested what he is doing is actually illegal. I hope everything works out ok for him as even though I only knew him for a few hours he does seem like a nice person and someone I hope to share a beer with again one day. I know many of us like nothing better than to impose our moral views on others but who amongst us can claim never to have made a mistake? I know I've made enough mistakes and have enough regrets that I certainly don't feel I have the right to judge others. But hey if you are on the shortlist to sainthood, I'm sure you can find a ready supply of stones...

Edited by poby, 09 June 2008 - 6:06 PM .


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Posted 09 June 2008 - 6:14 PM

Everyone makes "mistakes". Lusting after and seducing a minor old enough to be your great grand daughter, IMHO, is not a mistake. I believe they call it "sex tourism".
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Posted 09 June 2008 - 6:50 PM

Apparently he wasn't the first guy she'd been with. The legal aspect however is the scary one. I've advised him to maintain the relationship at least until she turns 18 in a couple of months.


Even if when she's 18, it won't mean he can't be sued for what had happened when she was 17.

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 7:25 PM

Poby, this topic smells like a troll to me. ;)
There are moral view points and there is right and wrong.
A 63 year old man knowingly romantically involved with a 17 year old girl is wrong. Do you disagree?

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 7:54 PM

OK guys this is really going to open a can of worms ....... yes ...... the law says that any girl under the age of 17 is illegal and I agree ........ now does making her 1 year older at 18 with a 63 year old man OK?????? ....... in the eyes of the law ... yes .... but is it really OK ........ has she really matured during that last year????? ........ can she withstand a relationship both physically and emotionally?????? ....... my own personal opinion is ...NO .... but I do not judge those in these relationship ...... I might wonder a bit ...... but like the bakla incident ..... who am I to judge ......

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 8:12 PM

Apparently he wasn't the first guy she'd been with. The legal aspect however is the scary one. I've advised him to maintain the relationship at least until she turns 18 in a couple of months. I certainly wouldn't want to be in his situation and am always very careful about legal age which does vary from country to country so I'm not sure it would be illegal in his country. He was genuinely surprised when I suggested what he is doing is actually illegal. I hope everything works out ok for him as even though I only knew him for a few hours he does seem like a nice person and someone I hope to share a beer with again one day. I know many of us like nothing better than to impose our moral views on others but who amongst us can claim never to have made a mistake? I know I've made enough mistakes and have enough regrets that I certainly don't feel I have the right to judge others. But hey if you are on the shortlist to sainthood, I'm sure you can find a ready supply of stones...










i think i meet that guy ... from England ?? He was taking her hotel to hotel... Marriot.. Waterfront... Parklane.. Marco Polo but i thought he said the partents knew about everything ,, he was suppose to marry her or something like that.. Guy has a screw loose if you ask me.... a perv is a perv

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 8:50 PM

i wouldn't have the energy to keep up with a 17 year old
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