Duterte’s profanity unwelcome
President Rodrigo Duterte may find himself reprimanded for foul language with the passage of the Anti Profanity law in Baguio City.
But Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan said he will remind the President of the ordinance banning profanity in the city if ever Duterte would visit.
“Just like any other visitor coming to the city, we would remind them of the existing ordinance on anti-profanity since there is no penal sanction. And I think it would help if we post the ordinance on anti-profanity,”
The Baguio City Council approved on third and final reading a proposed ordinance instituting an anti-profanity ordinance in all schools, computer shops and other business establishments frequented by children, high school or college students in the city.
Councilor Lilia Fariñas, in her measure, stated profanity refers to blasphemous or obscene language, irregular or irreverent speech or action, expletive, oath, swearing, swearword, coarse, cussword, profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger.
“In line with our character city program and the protection on the rights of children, this ordinance have been passed. In public and private schools and places where children frequent like computer shops among others, it is our hope that profanity should not be practiced by the youth and instead, let us develop their character,” the mayor said
Anti-profanity would mean acts or measures to counter and prohibit the practice of profanity, or the use of obscene language.
The ordinance declared all schools in all levels, whether preschool, kindergarten, elementary, high school, college and universities and business establishments such as, but not limited to, computer shops and other places frequented by children and students in the city are prohibited from cursing, cussing, expressing insults, whether directly or indirectly, to anyone or using profane and foul language as a means of expression, or as a manifestation of anger, surprise, disgust, or any other form of extreme emotion that yields to such expressions of profanity.
“It would only be in schools where administrative sanctions are observed. Hypothetically in the case of the President if he would be here in our city, we would remind him and any other visitor that there is an existing ordinance pertaining to anti profanity,” Domogan added.