Duterte’s pro­fan­ity un­wel­come

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Jonathan Llanes

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,”

Do­mo­gan ex­plained.

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.

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