Back to top's Top 20 Crazy Laws in the Philippines
Some laws are just wide open to misinterpretation.
Published on: Apr 17, 2012 - 8:00am


( There are controversial lawsand then there are laws that are just plain baffling. There are those that may require a bunch of lawyers to interpret correctly and there are those that are wide open for everyone to misinterpret. There are laws that have us cheering on the lawmaker who filed it and there are laws that make us laugh out loud or cringe in shame. Yes, we have some lawmakers who come up with laws that make us go, "Where the hell did that come from?" Perhaps, their good intentions just don't translate well.


Most of the laws on this list are from 2004 to 2012. Thankfully, only a few of them have been passed. Then again, the fact that lawmakers filed them in the first place is quite disturbing. The list also has a few "classics" thrown inwith stipulations that seem to be wrought from the Dark Ages. We're pretty sure that there are more nutty laws out there, but, so far, these are the ones we dug up. Read 'em and weep.


Note: For brevity, we're using the word "laws" in this article to also refer to bills, resolutions, and such. The dictionary definition of the word "law" is that is refers to "a rule of conduct or procedure established by custom, agreement, or authority." It is that general term that is in effect here. Please check with legitimate sources for the more specialized legal (or lawyer-ly) definitions of these terms.


The perfect song for the proposed National Day of Peace and Unity.

20. Peace sign

Law low-down: In 2010, Representative Augusto Syjuco, Jr., Ph.D. of Iloilo's second district, filed House Bill No. 886. The bill is "An Act Declaring the First Working Day of Every Year, Beginning on the Year 2010, a National Day of Peace and Unity."

Legal status: It's been pending with the Committee on Revision of Laws since July 8, 2010. It's like saying "Peace be with you" to the whole nation. It's a very a nice thought...but should it really become a law?



Would we play a similar game during National Older Workers Week?

19. For the love of older workers

Law low-down: In 2004, Representative Nanette Castelo-Daza of Quezon City's fourth district filed House Bill No. 2529, "An Act Declaring the Period From May 1 to 7 of Every Year as the National Older Workers Week." Since the link to the law's explanatory note is now non-existent, we have no way of judging this law except for its name alone. That being said, we don't know exactly what it's for. We doubt if it entails giving oodles of cash or even foot massages to "older workers." We wonder who could be classified as "older workers." In any case, hardly anyone would be ecstatic to be classified as an "older worker" unless it comes with some sort of reward.

Legal status: It's getting older by the minute. It's been pending with the House Committee on Labor and Employment since August 30, 2008.

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  • elpaca
    yung ibang nilagay mo dyan mas may sense pa sa ibang pinagpapasa ng mga hindi mo sinama.

    siguradong hindi ka pa nakakakita ng maliit na grade 1 student na nagdadala na humigit kumulang 10 kilo na libro na REQUIRED dalhin sa silid aralan araw-araw.
    Dec 21 2013 @ 12:32pm     Reply  
  • mer
    i was about to say that. The title of the article said "laws" that I was surprised to see that it was actually a discussion of proposed bills, resolutions, which, legally and technically are not yet laws. hehe
    Feb 20 2013 @ 01:38pm     Reply  
  • Freshie
    Who wrote this? " For brevity, we're using the word "laws" in this article to also refer to bills, resolutions, and such." Brevity? LMFAO. :))

    That's an awful claim there and a very poor excuse. A bill is not a law (yet, until it is passed). A resolution is not a law. Not in any dictionary. Or system. Bills or resolutions cannot in any sense of the word be called "laws." Unless you mean proposed laws (bills). And no one needs to be lawyerly to know the distinction. Even college freshmen know that. :))
    Jun 03 2012 @ 10:04pm     Reply  
  • Geneblush
    Re 8. Virginity Required: In medical jurisprudence, the definition of virgin is very important in sex crimes especially rape. Please read more on this. It is not about the law protecting virgins or otherwise. I don't think this is a crazy law.
    Jun 03 2012 @ 06:21pm     Reply  
  • BS Bio Student
    About waling-waling. I know its desired designation as the country's national flower is a waste of the taxpayers' money. However, I do think that it could represent something far more important. The waling-waling orchid is endemic to the Philippines, meaning it was discovered in our country. However, it is currently presumed to be extinct in the wild. Propagation of the said species is now done through artificial means and only for its ornamental purposes. We have to cut the National Museum, which houses the Philippine National Herbarium, some slack. They may have supported this bill, not mainly for its seemingly idiotic purposes, but to call the attention of the masses and to actuate the preservation of many endemic species that are threatened due to our own ignorance.
    May 27 2012 @ 07:01pm     Reply  
  • wangchan
    Poorly titled (and researched) article. Not even 5 of the items listed here are actual laws, as most of them are only bills filed in congress. If the researcher just did his/her homework, then the research would have turned up actual laws that are really absurd, such as Duel (yes duels are actually defined) and death and physical injuries under exceptional circumstances, which basically allows spouses to kill the other spouse if they catch them in the act of having sex with another. Same rule also applies to minor daughters living in their parents home.
    May 19 2012 @ 01:59pm     Reply  
  • Mar
    @itsabrightday: I mean, that anti-spitting bill is good. It's meant to lessen those spit that we see in our streets. What's the fuss about that?
    Apr 24 2012 @ 09:28pm     Reply  
  • MamangUsisero
    I like #11 and #15 of Sen. Lito Lapid. They are not crazy bills but very practical bills compared to the other bills filed by other congressmen which are ridiculous.
    Apr 24 2012 @ 04:00pm     Reply  
  • Gov
    @Senator - or we can introduce the Guillotine. :D hehe!
    Apr 20 2012 @ 12:13am     Reply  
  • Senator
    How about a bill or law to bring back the garote and use it on st*p*d politicians? :)
    Apr 20 2012 @ 12:06am     Reply  
  • piknik
    even under the general definition of "law", bills yet to be approved by both houses and signed by the president can hardly be considered "laws".

    though i'm still waiting for someone from congress to pass a bill prohibiting the drafting of crazy bills.
    Apr 19 2012 @ 11:57pm     Reply  
  • attorneyjay
    The title of this article should be changed. There are more bills (therefore not yet law) in this article than laws. Also, what's the point of this article? There is very little substantive arguments in the commentary for each entry. Better consult a lawyer if you're going to write law-related articles
    Apr 19 2012 @ 01:51pm     Reply  
  • spook
    in our subdivision street names were named for the first homeowners association officers, and after a few years the incumbent officers want it to be change and of course the first officers blocked it until a case was filed at HLURB.
    Apr 18 2012 @ 05:58pm     Reply  
  • joyah
    @noy yeah you're right, it must be changed to bill, the title is very confusing. You can't considered it as a law yet. I agree with the Lapid's bill about junk food not being served in school especially the elementary level, and I think it's not crazy.
    Apr 18 2012 @ 10:39am     Reply  
  • itsabrightday
    The Crazy Change-Up: Celebrities as Rule Makers and Politicians as Showbiz People, and other change-up stories
    Apr 18 2012 @ 10:10am     Reply  
  • Genuine
    Can't get over the anti-planking bill. That was downright idiotic. What, the proponent never thought planking was just a fad? Think before you bill, cong.
    Apr 17 2012 @ 10:37pm     Reply  
  • Twenty
    Wow. A law against human cloning. I am so proud. Hehehe. Wasak!
    Apr 17 2012 @ 02:50pm     Reply  
  • noy
    Please don't confuse the readers when you refer to bills as laws. Bills become laws only when they pass both houses of Congress and signed by the President. Clearly, what you mean here are bills not laws.
    Apr 17 2012 @ 01:53pm     Reply  
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