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Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT Manila

A.M. No. 04-10-11-SC

RE RU!E ON "#O!ENCE A$A#NST %OMEN AN& T'E#R C'#!&REN

RESO!UT#ON

Actin( on the )epo)t of the Co**ittee on Re+ision of the Rules of Cou)t sub*ittin( fo) this Cou)t,s consi-e)ation an- app)o+al the P)opose- Rule on "iolence A(ainst %o*en an- Thei) Chil-)en. the Cou)t Resol+e- to APPRO"E the sa*e.

The Rule shall ta/e effect on No+e*be) 10. 1004 follo2in( its publication in a ne2spape) of (ene)al ci)culation not late) than Octobe) 30. 1004.

Octobe) 14. 1004.

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RU!E ON "#O!ENCE A$A#NST %OMEN AN& T'E#R C'#!&REN

SECT#ON 1. Applicabilit5. - This Rule shall appl5 to petitions fo) p)otection o)-e)s in cases of +iolence a(ainst 2o*en an- thei) chil-)en un-e) R.A. No. 4161. othe)2ise /no2n as the 7Anti-"iolence A(ainst %o*en an- Thei) Chil-)en Act of 1004.7

The Rules of Cou)t shall appl5 suppleto)il5.

SEC. 1. Const)uction. - This Rule shall be libe)all5 const)ue- to p)o*ote its ob8ecti+es pu)suant to the p)inciples of )esto)ati+e 8ustice.

SEC. 3. Ob8ecti+es. - The ob8ecti+es of this Rule a)e

9a: To p)otect the )i(hts of the fa*il5 an- its *e*be)s pa)ticula)l5 2o*en anchil-)en f)o* +iolence an- th)eats to thei) pe)sonal safet5 an- secu)it5;

9b: To enable the cou)ts to *ana(e an- *onito) cases in+ol+in( +iolence a(ainst 2o*en an- chil-)en an- the *e*be)s of thei) fa*il5 o) househol-;

9c: To p)e+ent an5 -is)uption in the -ail5 li+es of the offen-e- pa)ties an- assist the* to )e(ain cont)ol of thei) li+es;

9-: To ensu)e that t)eat*ent is p)o+i-e- fo) the offen-e- pa)ties an- offen-e)s; an-

9e: To hol- the offen-e)s accountable fo) thei) acts. SEC. 4. &efinitions. - As use- in this Rule

9a: 7"iolence a(ainst 2o*en an- thei) chil-)en7 )efe)s to an5 act o) a se)ies of acts co**itte- b5 an5 pe)son a(ainst a 2o*an 2ho is his 2ife. fo)*e) 2ife. o) a 2o*an 2ith 2ho* the pe)son has o) ha- a -atin( o) se<ual )elationship. o) 2ith 2ho* he has a co**on chil-. o) a(ainst he) chil- 2hethe) le(iti*ate o) ille(iti*ate. 2ithin o) 2ithout the fa*il5 abo-e. 2hich )esult in o) is li/el5 to )esult in ph5sical. se<ual. ps5cholo(ical ha)* o) suffe)in(. o) econo*ic abuse inclu-in( th)eats of such acts. batte)5. assault. coe)cion. ha)ass*ent o) a)bit)a)5 -ep)i+ation of libe)t5.

9b: =Chil-)en7 )efe)s to pe)sons belo2 ei(hteen 5ea)s of a(e o) ol-e) but a)e unable to full5 ta/e ca)e of the*sel+es f)o* abuse. ne(lect. c)uelt5. e<ploitation o) -isc)i*ination because of a ph5sical o) *ental -isabilit5 o) con-ition. #t inclu-es the biolo(ical chil-)en of the offen-e- pa)t5 an- othe) chil-)en un-e) he) ca)e.

9c: 7Me*be)s of the fa*il57 shall inclu-e husban- an- 2ife. pa)ents an- chil-)en. the ascen-ants o) -escen-ants. b)othe)s an- siste)s. 2hethe) of the full o) half bloo-. 2hethe) li+in( to(ethe) o) not.

9-: 7Me*be)s of the househol-7 shall inclu-e

1. Spouses. co**on-la2 spouses. fo)*e) spouses. 2hethe) li+in( to(ethe) o) not. an- thei) chil-)en;

1. Relati+es b5 consan(uinit5 o) affinit5 up to the si<th ci+il -e()ee. inclu-in( steppa)ents an- stepchil-)en li+in( to(ethe) in the sa*e house; an-

3. &o*estic helpe)s in the se)+ice of the e*plo5e). 2hose se)+ices a)e usuall5 necessa)5 o) -esi)able fo) the *aintenance an- en8o5*ent of the ho*e. 2ho attento the pe)sonal co*fo)t an- con+enience of the *e*be)s of the househol-. 9e: 7>atte)57 )efe)s to an act of inflictin( ph5sical ha)* upon the 2o*an o) he) chil)esultin( in ph5sical an- ps5cholo(ical o) e*otional -ist)ess.

9f: 7Se<ual +iolence7 )efe)s to an act 2hich is se<ual in natu)e co**itte- a(ainst a 2o*an o) he) chil-. #t inclu-es the follo2in(

1. )ape. se<ual ha)ass*ent. acts of lasci+iousness. t)eatin( a 2o*an o) he) chil- as a se< ob8ect. *a/in( -e*eanin( an- se<uall5 su((esti+e )e*a)/s. ph5sicall5 attac/in( the se<ual pa)ts of the +icti*,s bo-5. fo)cin( the offen-e- pa)t5 to 2atch obscene publications an- in-ecent sho2s o) to -o in-ecent acts o) *a/e fil*s the)eof. fo)cin( the 2ife an- *ist)ess o) lo+e) to li+e in the con8u(al ho*e o) sleep to(ethe) in the sa*e )oo* 2ith the abuse);

1. acts causin( o) atte*ptin( to cause the offen-e- pa)t5 to en(a(e in an5 se<ual acti+it5 b5 fo)ce. th)eat of fo)ce. ph5sical o) othe) ha)* o) th)eat of ph5sical o) othe) ha)* o) coe)cion; an-

3. p)ostitution of the 2o*an o) he) chil-. 9(: 7Ps5cholo(ical +iolence7 )efe)s to acts o) o*issions causin( o) li/el5 to cause *ental o) e*otional suffe)in( of the offen-e- pa)t5 such as inti*i-ation. ha)ass*ent. stal/in(. -a*a(e to p)ope)t5. public )i-icule o) hu*iliation. )epeate-

+e)bal abuse an- *a)ital infi-elit5. #t inclu-es causin( o) allo2in( the offen-epa)t5 to 2itness the ph5sical. se<ual o) ps5cholo(ical abuse; of a *e*be) of the fa*il5 to 2hich the offen-e- pa)t5 belon(s. o) to 2itness po)no()aph5 in an5 fo)* o) .to 2itness abusi+e in8u)5 to pets o) to unla2ful o) un2ante- -ep)i+ation of the )i(ht to custo-5 o) +isitation of co**on chil-)en.

9h: 7Econo*ic abuse7 )efe)s to acts that *a/e o) atte*pt to *a/e a 2o*an financiall5 -epen-ent 2hich inclu-es the follo2in(

1. 2ith-)a2in( of financial suppo)t o) p)e+entin( the offen-e- pa)t5 f)o* en(a(in( in an5 le(iti*ate p)ofession. occupation. business o) acti+it5. e<cept in cases 2he)e the othe) spouse o) pa)tne) ob8ects on +ali-. se)ious an- *o)al ()oun-s as -efinein A)ticle ?3 of the @a*il5 Co-e;

1. -ep)i+in( o) th)eatenin( to -ep)i+e financial )esou)ces an- the )i(ht to the use an- en8o5*ent of the con8u(al. co**unit5 o) p)ope)t5 o2ne- in co**on;

3. -est)o5in( househol- p)ope)t5; an-

4. cont)ollin( the offen-e- pa)t5,s o2n *one5 o) p)ope)t5 o) solel5 cont)ollin( the con8u(al *one5 o) p)ope)t5. 9i: 7Stal/in(7 )efe)s to an intentional act of /no2in(l5 an- 2ithout la2ful 8ustification. follo2in( the 2o*an o) he) chil- o) placin( the 2o*an o) he) chilun-e) su)+eillance -i)ectl5 o) in-i)ectl5 o) th)ou(h a co*bination the)eof.

98: 7Se<ual )elationship7 )efe)s to a sin(le se<ual act 2hich *a5 o) *a5 not )esult in the bea)in( of a co**on chil-;

9/: 7P)o()a* of inte)+ention fo) offen-e- pa)ties7 )efe)s to a specialiAe- p)o()a* that p)o+i-es a-+ocac5. shelte). c)isis inte)+ention. social se)+ices. t)eat*ent. counselin(. e-ucation. o) t)ainin(.

9#: 7P)o()a* of inte)+ention fo) offen-e)s7 )efe)s to cou)t-o)-e)e- t)eat*ent of offen-e)s (i+en b5 a(encies o) pe)sons 2ho ha+e -e*onst)ate- e<pe)tise an-

e<pe)ience in an(e) cont)ol. *ana(e*ent of alcohol. substance abuse; an- othe) fo)*s of inte)+ention to stop +iolence.

9*: 7Safe Place o) Shelte)7 )efe)s to an5 ho*e o) institution *ana(e- b5 the &epa)t*ent of Social %elfa)e an- &e+elop*ent 9&S%&: o) b5 an5 a(enc5 o) +olunta)5 o)(aniAation acc)e-ite- b5 the &S%& o) an5 othe) suitable place the )esi-ent of 2hich is 2illin( to )ecei+e the offen-e- pa)t5 te*po)a)il5.

9n: 7Safet5 plan7 )efe)s to a 2)itten plan of action p)epa)e- b5 a social 2o)/e) anapp)o+e- b5 the cou)t to secu)e the p)otection of the offen-e- pa)t5.

9o: 7P)otection o)-e)7 is an o)-e) issue- b5 the cou)t to p)e+ent fu)the) acts of +iolence a(ainst 2o*en an- thei) chil-)en. thei) fa*il5 o) househol- *e*be)s. anto ()ant othe) necessa)5 )elief. #ts pu)pose is to safe(ua)- the offen-e- pa)ties f)o* fu)the) ha)*. *ini*iAe an5 -is)uption in thei) -ail5 life an- facilitate the oppo)tunit5 an- abilit5 to )e(ain cont)ol of thei) life.

9p: 7>a)an(a5 p)otection o)-e)7 9>PO: )efe)s to the p)otection o)-e) issue- b5 the Punon( >a)an(a5. o) in his absence the >a)an(a5 Ba(a2a-. o)-e)in( the pe)pet)ato) to -esist f)o* co**ittin( acts of +iolence a(ainst the fa*il5 o) househol- *e*be)s pa)ticula)l5 2o*en an- thei) chil-)en un-e) Sections 0a an0b of R.A. No. 4161.

9C: 7Te*po)a)5 p)otection o)-e)7 9TPO: )efe)s to the p)otection o)-e) issue- b5 the cou)t on the filin( of the application an- afte) e< pa)te -ete)*ination of its nee-. #t *a5 also be issue- in the cou)se of a hea)in(. *otu p)op)io o) upon *otion.

9): =Pe)*anent p)otection o)-e)7 9PPO: )efe)s to the p)otection o)-e) issue- b5 the cou)t afte) notice an- hea)in(.

9s: 7!i+e-lin/ tele+ision testi*on57 )efe)s to the testi*on5 of a chil-. 2ho is an e5e2itness o) offen-e- pa)t5 in +iolence a(ainst 2o*en an- thei) chil-)en. ta/en in a )oo* outsi-e the cou)t)oo* an- tele+ise- to the cou)t)oo* b5 li+e-lin/ tele+ision. as p)o+i-e- fo) in Section 10 of the Rule on E<a*ination of a Chil- %itness. #t *a5 also )efe) to the li+e-lin/ testi*on5 of an a-ult fe*ale +icti* of +iolence. 2hich *a5 be allo2e- at the -isc)etion of the cou)t.

SEC. 0. Acts of +iolence a(ainst 2o*en an- thei) chil-)en un-e) R.A. No. 4161. "iolence a(ainst 2o*en an- thei) chil-)en is co**itte- th)ou(h an5 of the follo2in( acts

9a: Causin(. th)eatenin( o) atte*ptin( to cause ph5sical ha)* to the 2o*an o) he) chil-;

9b: Placin( the 2o*an o) he) chil- in fea) of i**inent ph5sical ha)*;

9c: Atte*ptin( to co*pel o) co*pellin( the 2o*an o) he) chil- to en(a(e in con-uct 2hich the 2o*an o) he) chil- has the )i(ht to -esist f)o* o) to -esist f)o* con-uct 2hich the 2o*an o) he) chil- has the )i(ht to en(a(e in. o) atte*ptin( to )est)ict .o) )est)ictin( the 2o*an,s o) he) chil-,s f)ee-o* of *o+e*ent o) con-uct b5 fo)ce o) th)eat of fo)ce. ph5sical o) othe) ha)* o) th)eat of ph5sical on othe) ha)*. o) inti*i-ation -i)ecte- a(ainst the 2o*an o) he) chil-. This shall inclu-e. but is not li*ite- to. the follo2in( acts co**itte- 2ith the pu)pose o) effect of cont)ollin( o) )est)ictin( the *o+e*ent o) con-uct of the 2o*an o) he) chil1. Th)eatenin( to -ep)i+e o) actuall5 -ep)i+in( the 2o*an o) he) chil- of custo-5 o) access to he)Dhis fa*il5;

1. &ep)i+in( o) th)eatenin( to -ep)i+e the 2o*an o) he) chil-)en of financial suppo)t le(all5 -ue he) o) he) fa*il5. o) -elibe)atel5 p)o+i-in( the 2o*an,s chil-)en insufficient financial suppo)t;

3. &ep)i+in( o) th)eatenin( to -ep)i+e the 2o*an o) he) chil- of a le(al )i(ht; an-

4. P)e+entin( the 2o*an f)o* en(a(in( in an5 le(iti*ate p)ofession. occupation. business o) acti+it5 e<cept in cases 2he)e the spouse o) pa)tne) on +ali-. se)ious an- *o)al ()oun-s. o) cont)ollin( the +icti*,s o2n *one5 o) p)ope)t5. o) solel5 cont)ollin( the con8u(al o) co**on *one5 o) p)ope)t5; 9-: #nflictin( o) th)eatenin( to inflict ph5sical ha* on oneself fo) the pu)pose of cont)ollin( he) actions o) -ecisions;

9e: Causin( o) atte*ptin( to cause the 2o*an o) he) chil- to en(a(e in an5 se<ual acti+it5 2hich -oes not constitute )ape. b5 fo)ce o) th)eat of fo)ce. ph5sical ha)*. o) th)ou(h inti*i-ation -i)ecte- a(ainst the 2o*an o) he) chil- o) he)Dhis i**e-iate

fa*il5;9f: En(a(in( in pu)poseful. /no2in(. o) )ec/less con-uct. pe)sonall5 o) th)ou(h anothe). that ala)*s o) causes substantial e*otional o) ps5cholo(ical -ist)ess to the 2o*an o) he) chil-.

This shall inclu-e. but is not li*ite- to. the follo2in( acts

1. Stal/in( o) follo2in( the 2o*an o) he) chil- in public o) p)i+ate places;

1. Pee)in( in the 2in-o2 o) lin(e)in( outsi-e the )esi-ence of the 2o*an o) he) chil-;

3. Ente)in( o) )e*ainin( in the -2ellin( o) on the p)ope)t5 of the 2o*an o) he) chil- a(ainst he)Dhis 2ill;

4. &est)o5in( the p)ope)t5 an- pe)sonal belon(in(s o) inflictin( ha)* to ani*als o) pets of the 2o*an o) chil-; an-

0. En(a(in( in an5 fo)* of ha)ass*ent o) +iolence; o) (: Causin( *ental o) e*otional an(uish. public )i-icule o) hu*iliation to the 2o*an o) he) chil-. inclu-in(. but not li*ite- to. )epeate- +e)bal an- e*otional abuse. an-enial of financial suppo)t o) custo-5 of a *ino) chil- o) -enial of access to the 2o*an,s chil-. SEC. 6. Re*e-ies of offen-e- pa)t5.EThe offen-e- pa)t5 *a5 file a sepa)ate petition fo) p)otection o)-e) 2ithout clai*in( -a*a(es. The offen-e- pa)t5 *a5 also pu)sue othe) )e*e-ies in acco)-ance 2ith Pa)t ## of this Rule b5 the filin( of an5 of the follo2in(

9a: C)i*inal action;

9b: C)i*inal action 2ith )ese)+ation of a sepa)ate ci+il action; o)

9c: Ci+il action fo) -a*a(es.

Pa)t #

PET#T#ON @OR PROTECT#ON OR&ER SEC. ?. @o)* of petition. - A petition fo) p)otection o)-e) shall be in 2)itin(. si(nean- +e)ifie- b5 the petitione). #t shall be acco*panie- b5 a ce)tificate of non-fo)u* shoppin( 2hich the petitione) *ust si(n pe)sonall5.

SEC. F. %ho *a5 file petition. - A petition fo) p)otection o)-e) *a5 be file- b5 an5 of the follo2in(

9a: The offen-e- pa)t5;

9b: Pa)ents o) (ua)-ians of the offen-e- pa)t5;

9c: Ascen-ants. -escen-ants o) collate)al )elati+es of the offen-e- pa)t5 2ithin the fou)th ci+il -e()ee of consan(uinit5 o) affinit5;

9-: Office)s o) social 2o)/e)s of the &epa)t*ent of Social %elfa)e an- &e+elop*ent 9&S%&: o) social 2o)/e)s of local (o+e)n*ent units 9!$Us:;

9e: Police office)s. p)efe)abl5 those in cha)(e of 2o*en an- chil-)en,s -es/s;

9f: Punon( >a)an(a5 o) >a)an(a5 Ba(a2a-;

9(: !a25e). counselo). the)apist o) healthca)e p)o+i-e) of the petitione); o)

9h: At least t2o conce)ne-. )esponsible citiAens of the place 2he)e the +iolence a(ainst 2o*en an- thei) chil-)en occu))e- an- 2ho ha+e pe)sonal /no2le-(e of the offense co**itte-.

The filin( of a petition fo) p)otection o)-e) b5 the offen-e- pa)t5 suspen-s the )i(ht of all othe) autho)iAe- pa)ties to file si*ila) petitions. A petition file- b5 the offen-e- pa)t5 afte) the filin( of a si*ila) petition b5 an autho)iAe- pa)t5 shall not be -is*isse- but shall be consoli-ate- 2ith the petition file- ea)lie).

SEC. 4. %he)e to file the petition. G The +e)ifie- petition fo) p)otection o)-e) *a5 be file- 2ith the @a*il5 Cou)t of the place 2he)e the offen-e- pa)t5 )esi-es. #f the)e is no e<istin( @a*il5 Cou)t. it *a5 be file- 2ith the )e(ional t)ial cou)t. *et)opolitan t)ial cou)t. *unicipal t)ial cou)t in cities. *unicipal t)ial cou)t o) *unicipal ci)cuit t)ial cou)t 2ith te))ito)ial 8u)is-iction o+e) the place of )esi-ence of the offen-epa)t5.

SEC. 10. Contents of the petition. - The petition file- b5 the offen-e- pa)t5 shall contain the follo2in(

9a: The na*e. a(e an- )esi-ence of the offen-e- pa)t5;,

9b: The na*e. a(e an- )esi-ence of the )espon-ent;

9c: A -esc)iption of the )elationship bet2een the offen-e- pa)t5 an- the )espon-ent;

9-: A co*plete -esc)iption of the alle(e- act constitutin( +iolence inclu-in( the -ate. ti*e an- place of occu))ence;

9e: A )eCuest fo) counsel an- the )easons fo) such;

9f: A )eCuest fo) 2ai+e) of application fees;

9(: The )elief f)o* +iolence p)a5e- fo). inclu-in( p)otection o)-e)s to co+e) an5 -esi(nate- fa*il5 o) househol- *e*be) 2ho consents to such )elief.

#f the petitione) is not the offen-e- pa)t5. the petition shall be acco*panie- b5 an affi-a+it of the petitione) attestin( to the follo2in(

9a: facts sho2in( the autho)it5 of the petitione) to file the petition;

9b: ci)cu*stances of the abuse suffe)e- b5 the offen-e- pa)t5; an-

9c: ci)cu*stances of consent (i+en b5 o) )efusal to consent of the offen-e- pa)t5 to file the petition.

%hen -isclosu)e of the a--)ess 2ill pose -an(e) to the life of the offen-e- pa)t5. it shall be so state- in the petition. #n such a case. the petitione) shall attest that the offen-e- pa)t5 is; )esi-in( in the *unicipalit5 o) cit5 o+e) 2hich the cou)t has te))ito)ial 8u)is-iction. an- shall p)o+i-e a *ailin( a--)ess fo) pu)poses of se)+ice p)ocessin(.

SEC. 11. Reliefs a+ailable to the offen-e- pa)t5.EThe p)otection o)-e) shall inclu-e an5. so*e o) all of the follo2in( )eliefs

9a: P)ohibitin( the )espon-ent f)o* th)eatenin( to co**it o) co**ittin(. pe)sonall5 o) th)ou(h anothe). acts of +iolence a(ainst the offen-e- pa)t5;

9b: P)ohibitin( the )espon-ent f)o* ha)assin(. anno5in(. telephonin(. contactin( o) othe)2ise co**unicatin( in an5 fo)* 2ith the offen-e- pa)t5. eithe) -i)ectl5 o) in-i)ectl5;

9c: Re*o+in( an- e<clu-in( the )espon-ent f)o* the )esi-ence of the offen-epa)t5. )e(a)-less of o2ne)ship of the )esi-ence. eithe) te*po)all5 fo) the pu)pose of p)otectin( the offen-e- pa)t5. o) pe)*anentl5 2he)e no p)ope)t5 )i(hts a)e +iolate-. #f the )espon-ent *ust )e*o+e pe)sonal effects f)o* the )esi-ence. the cou)t shall -i)ect a la2 enfo)ce*ent a(ent to acco*pan5 the )espon-ent to the )esi-ence. )e*ain the)e until the )espon-ent has (athe)e- his thin(s an- esco)t hi* f)o* the )esi-ence;

9-: ReCui)in( the )espon-ent to sta5 a2a5 f)o* the offen-e- pa)t5 an- an5 -esi(nate- fa*il5 o) househol- *e*be) at a -istance specifie- b5 the cou)t;

9e: ReCui)in( the )espon-ent to sta5 a2a5 f)o* the )esi-ence. school. place of e*plo5*ent o) an5 specifie- place f)eCuente- )e(ula)l5 b5 the offen-e- pa)t5 anan5 -esi(nate- fa*il5 o) househol- *e*be);

9f: &i)ectin( la2ful possession an- use b5 the offen-e- pa)t5 of an auto*obile anothe) essential pe)sonal effects. )e(a)-less of o2ne)ship. an- -i)ectin( the app)op)iate la2 enfo)ce*ent office) to acco*pan5 the offen-e- pa)t5 to the )esi-ence of the pa)ties to ensu)e that the offen-e- pa)t5 is safel5 )esto)e- to the possession of the auto*obile an- othe) essential pe)sonal effects;

9(: O)-e)in( te*po)a)5 o) pe)*anent custo-5 of the chil-Dchil-)en 2ith the offen-e- pa)t5. ta/in( into consi-e)ation the best inte)ests of the chil-. An offen-epa)t5 2ho is suffe)in( f)o* >atte)e- %o*an S5n-)o*e shall not be -isCualifief)o* ha+in( custo-5 of he) chil-)en. #n no case shall custo-5 of *ino) chil-)en be (i+en to the batte)e) of a 2o*an 2ho is suffe)in( f)o* >atte)e- %o*an S5n-)o*e;

9h: &i)ectin( the )espon-ent to p)o+i-e suppo)t ,o the 2o*an an-Do) he) chil-. if entitle- to le(al i*po)t. Not2ithstan-in( othe) la2s to the cont)a)5. the cou)t shall o)-e) an app)op)iate pe)centa(e of the inco*e o) sala)5 of the )espon-ent to be 2ithhel- )e(ula)l5 b5 his e*plo5e) an- to auto*aticall5 )e*it it -i)ectl5 to the offen-e- pa)t5. @ailu)e to 2ithhol-. )e*it o) an5 -ela5 in the )e*ittance of suppo)t to the offen-e- pa)t5 2ithout 8ustifiable cause shall )en-e) the )espon-ent o) his e*plo5e) liable fo) in-i)ect conte*pt of cou)t;

9i: P)ohibitin( the )espon-ent f)o* ca))5in( o) possessin( an5 fi)ea)* o) -ea-l5 2eapon an- o)-e)in( hi* to su))en-e) the sa*e to the cou)t fo) app)op)iate -isposition. inclu-in( )e+ocation of license an- -isCualification to appl5 fo) an5 license to ca))5 o) possess a fi)ea)*. #f the )espon-ent is .a la2 enfo)ce*ent a(ent. the cou)t shall o)-e) hi* to su))en-e) his fi)ea)* an- shall -i)ect the app)op)iate autho)it5 to in+esti(ate hi* an- ta/e app)op)iate action the)eon;

98: &i)ectin( the &S%& o) an5 app)op)iate a(enc5 to p)epa)e a p)o()a* of inte)+ention fo) the offen-e- pa)t5 that p)o+i-es a-+ocac5. te*po)a)5 shelte). c)isis inte)+ention. t)eat*ent. the)ap5. counselin(. e-ucation. t)ainin( an- othe) social se)+ices that the offen-e- pa)t5 *a5 nee-;

9/: ReCui)in( the )espon-ent to )ecei+e p)ofessional counselin( f)o* a(encies o) pe)sons 2ho ha+e -e*onst)ate- e<pe)tise an- e<pe)ience in an(e) cont)ol. *ana(e*ent of alcohol. substance abuse an- othe) fo)*s of inte)+ention to stop +iolence. The p)o()a* of inte)+ention fo) offen-e)s *ust be app)o+e- b5 the cou)t. The a(enc5 o) pe)son is )eCui)e- to p)o+i-e the cou)t 2ith )e(ula) )epo)ts of the

p)o()ess an- )esult of p)ofessional counselin(. fo) 2hich the )espon-ent *a5 be o)-e)e- to pa5; an-

9#: A2a)-in( the offen-e- pa)t5 actual -a*a(es cause- b5 the +iolence inflicte-. inclu-in(. but not li*ite- to. p)ope)t5 -a*a(e. *e-ical e<panses. chil-ca)e e<penses an- loss of inco*e; an- co*pensato)5. *o)al. an- e<e*pla)5 -a*a(es. sub8ect to Sections 16a an- 30 of this Rule.

The cou)t *a5 ()ant such othe) fo)*s of )elief to p)otect the offen-e- pa)t5 anan5 -esi(nate- fa*il5 o) househol- *e*be) 2ho consents to such )elief.

SEC. 11. &uties of the cle)/ of cou)t. - The cle)/ of cou)t shall assist the petitione) o) the offen-e- pa)t5 b5

9a: Co**unicatin( in a lan(ua(e un-e)stoo- b5 the petitione);

9b: P)o+i-in( the petitione) 2ith a stan-a)- petition fo)* 2)itten in En(lish 2ith t)anslation into the *a8o) local -ialects. inclu-in( the inst)uctions fo) its acco*plish*ent;

9c: Ensu)in( the p)i+ac5 of the offen-e- pa)t5 to the e<tent p)acticable 2hile the fo)* is bein( acco*plishe-;

9-: A-+isin( the petitione) on the a+ailabilit5 of le(al assistance f)o* the Public Atto)ne5,s Office of the &epa)t*ent of Hustice o) an5 public le(al assistance office;

9e: A-+isin( the petitione) on entitle*ent of suppo)t se)+ices f)o* the &S%& an!$Us;

9f: A-+isin( the petitione) on the a+ailabilit5 of an affi-a+it of in-i(enc5 in lieu of pa5*ent of the filin( fee;

9(: P)o+i-in( the offen-e- pa)t5 2ith a ce)tifie- cop5 of the p)otection o)-e) as 2ell as (i+in( the necessa)5 info)*ation )e(a)-in( the p)ocess fo) its se)+ice anenfo)ce*ent;

9h: Ma/in( a+ailable info)*ati+e *ate)ials on +iolence a(ainst 2o*en an- thei) chil-)en. inclu-in( thei) )i(hts as +icti*s; an-

9i: #nfo)*in( the offen-e- pa)t5 that co*pensation is a+ailable f)o* the &epa)t*ent of Hustice >oa)- of Clai*s in acco)-ance 2ith the p)o+isions of R.A. No. ?304 91441:. othe)2ise /no2n as 7An Act C)eatin( a >oa)- of Clai*s Un-e) the &epa)t*ent of Hustice fo) "icti*s of Un8ust #*p)ison*ent o) &etention an- "icti*s of "iolent C)i*e an- @o) Othe) Pu)poses.7

SEC. 13. E<e*ption f)o* pa5*ent of -oc/et fee an- othe) e<penses. - #f the offen-e- pa)t5 is an in-i(ent o) the)e is an i**e-iate necessit5 -ue to i**inent -an(e) o) th)eat of -an(e) to act on a petition fo) a p)otection o)-e). the cou)t shall accept the petition 2ithout pa5*ent of the filin( fee an- othe) fees an- of t)ansc)ipts of steno()aphic notes.

SEC. 14. Raffle in *ulti-sala cou)ts. - The petition file- in a *ulti-sala cou)t shall be )affle- 2ithout -ela5.

#f an action contains an application fo) a p)otection o)-e). it shall be the sub8ect of a special )affle.

SEC. 10. E< pa)te issuance of te*po)a)5 p)otection o)-e). - 9a: #f the cou)t is satisfie- f)o* the +e)ifie- alle(ations of the petition that the)e is )easonable ()ounto belie+e that an i**inent -an(e) of +iolence a(ainst 2o*en an- thei) chil-)en e<ists o) is about to )ecu). the cou)t *a5 issue e< pa)te a te*po)a)5 p)otection o)-e) 2hich shall be effecti+e fo) thi)t5 -a5s f)o* se)+ice on the pa)t5 o) pe)son sou(ht to be en8oine-.

9b: The te*po)a)5 p)otection o)-e) shall inclu-e notice of the -ate of the p)eli*ina)5 confe)ence an- hea)in( on the *e)its. The follo2in( state*ents *ust be p)inte- in bol--face- t5pe o) in capital lette)s on the p)otection o)-e) issue- b5 the cou)t

7"#O!AT#ON O@ T'#S OR&ER #S PUN#S'A>!E >I !A%.

7#@ T'E RESPON&ENT APPEARS %#T'OUT COUNSE! ON T'E &ATE O@ T'E PRE!#M#NARI CON@ERENCE AN& 'EAR#N$ ON T'E MER#TS ON T'E #SSUANCE O@ .A PERMANENT PROTECT#ON OR&ER. T'E COURT S'A!! NOT RESC'E&U!E OR POSTPONE T'E PRE!#M#NARI CON@ERENCE AN& 'EAR#N$ >UT S'A!! APPO#NT A !A%IER @OR T'E RESPON&ENT AN& #MME&#ATE!I PROCEE& %#T' SA#& 'EAR#N$.

7#@ T'E RESPON&ENT @A#!S TO APPEAR ON T'E &ATE O@ T'E PRE!#M#NARI CON@ERENCE AN& 'EAR#N$ ON T'E MER#TS &ESP#TE PROPER NOT#CE. T'E COURT S'A!! A!!O% EJ PARTE PRESENTAT#ON O@ E"#&ENCE >I T'E PET#T#ONER AN& REN&ER HU&$MENT ON T'E >AS#S O@ T'E P!EA&#N$S AN& E"#&ENCE ON RECOR&. NO &E!E$AT#ON O@ T'E RECEPT#ON O@ E"#&ENCE S'A!! >E A!!O%E&.7 9c: The cou)t shall li/e2ise o)-e) the i**e-iate issuance of a notice )eCui)in( the )espon-ent to file an opposition 2ithin fi+e -a5s f)o* se)+ice. #t shall fu)the) o)-e) se)+ice of 91: the notices to file opposition an- of -ates of the p)eli*ina)5 confe)ence an- hea)in(. 91: the p)otection o)-e). an- 93: cop5 of the petition. upon the )espon-ent b5 the cou)t she)iff. o) an5 pe)son autho)iAe- b5 the cou)t. 2ho *a5 obtain the assistance of la2 enfo)ce*ent office)s.

SEC. 16. Notice 2he)e no te*po)a)5 p)otection o)-e) is issue- e< pa)te.E %he)e no te*po)a)5 p)otection o)-e) is issue- e< pa)te. the cle)/ of cou)t shall fo)th2ith issue the co))espon-in( notice to the )espon-ent )eCui)in( hi* to file an opposition 2ithin fi+e -a5s. The -ate of the p)eli*ina)5 confe)ence an- hea)in( on the *e)its shall be in-icate- on the notice.

%he)e the notice coul- not be se)+e- pe)sonall5 o) b5 substitute- se)+ice -espite -ili(ent effo)ts. Rule 14 of the Rules of Cou)t shall appl5 as fa) as p)acticable.

SEC. 1?. Enfo)ceabilit5 of p)otection o)-e). - The p)otection o)-e) issue- b5 the cou)t shall be enfo)ceable an52he)e in the Philippines. "iolation of the p)otection o)-e) shall be punishable b5 a fine )an(in( f)o* @i+e Thousan- 9P0.000.00: Pesos to @ift5 Thousan- 9P00.000.00: Pesos o) i*p)ison*ent of si< *onths o) both.

SEC. 1F. &uties of the la2 enfo)ce*ent office). - Upon the )eceipt of the p)otection o)-e). the la2 enfo)ce*ent office) shall use all )easonable *eans to enfo)ce the o)-e) an- p)e+ent fu)the) +iolence. such as b5

9a: Ta/in( an5 action necessa)5 to p)o+i-e fo) the safet5 of the offen-e- pa)t5;

9b: Ta/in( custo-5 of the 2eapon use- in the +iolence a(ainst 2o*en an- thei) chil-)en;

9c: T)anspo)tin( o) obtainin( t)anspo)tation fo) the offen-e- pa)t5 to a safe place;

9-: Assistin( the offen-e- pa)t5 in obtainin( *e-ical t)eat*ent. inclu-in( t)anspo)tation to a *e-ical clinic o) hospital; an-

9e: Assistin( the offen-e- pa)t5 in )e*o+in( essential pe)sonal effects f)o* the )esi-ence. The la2 enfo)ce*ent office) shall sub*it a 2)itten )epo)t to the cou)t 2ithin t2ent5fou) hou)s f)o* )eceipt settin( fo)th co*pliance 2ith such o)-e).

SEC. 14. &uties of social 2o)/e). - The social 2o)/e) assi(ne- b5 the cou)t shall assist the petitione) see/in( a p)otection o)-e) b5

9a: P)epa)in( a case stu-5 an- a p)o()a* of inte)+ention fo) the offen-e- pa)t5. inclu-in( he) chil-)en. an- )efe))in( the* to &S%& ha+ens. c)isis inte)+ention cente)s an- p)i+ate entities )en-e)in( app)op)iate social se)+ices;

9b: @o)*ulatin( a safet5 plan 2hich shall be app)o+e- b5 the cou)t; an-

9c: Monito)in( the *easu)es in-icate- in the p)otection o)-e).

Sec. 10. Opposition to petition.E9a: The )espon-ent *a5 file an opposition to the petition 2hich he hi*self shall +e)if5. #t *ust be acco*panie- b5 the affi-a+its of 2itnesses an- shall sho2 cause 2h5 a te*po)a)5 o) pe)*anent p)otection o)-e) shoul- not be issue-.

9b: Respon-ent shall not inclu-e in the opposition an5 counte)clai*. c)oss-clai* o) thi)--pa)t5 co*plaint. but an5 cause of action 2hich coul- be the sub8ect the)eof *a5 be liti(ate- in a sepa)ate ci+il action.

SEC. 11. Effect of failu)e to file an opposition. - #f the )espon-ent fails to file an opposition to the petition 2ithin the pe)io- abo+e p)o+i-e-. the cou)t. *otu p)op)io o) on *otion of the petitione). shall issue the co))espon-in( o)-e) as *a5 be 2a))ante- b5 the facts alle(e- in the petition.

SEC. 11. P)ohibite- plea-in(s an- *otions. - The follo2in( plea-in(s. *otions o) petitions shall not be allo2e-

9a: Motion to -is*iss the petition e<cept on the ()oun- of lac/ of 8u)is-iction o+e) the sub8ect *atte) o) o+e) the pa)ties;

9b: Motion fo) e<tension of ti*e to file opposition. affi-a+it. position pape) an- othe) plea-in(s;

9c: &ilato)5 *otion fo) postpone*ent;

9-: Motion fo) a bill of pa)ticula)s;

9e: Thi)--pa)t5 co*plaint;

9f: Repl5;

9(: Motion to -ecla)e the )espon-ent in -efault;

9h: #nte)+ention;

9i: Me*o)an-u*;

98: Petition fo) ce)tio)a)i. *an-a*us o) p)ohibition a(ainst an5 inte)locuto)5 o)-e) issue- b5 the cou)t;

9/: Motion fo) ne2 t)ial. o) fo) )econsi-e)ation of a p)otection o)-e). o) fo) )eopenin( of t)ial; an-

9#: Petition fo) )elief f)o* 8u-(*ent. SEC. 13. P)eli*ina)5 confe)ence. -

9a: %hen con-ucte-. - A p)eli*ina)5 confe)ence. 2hich is *an-ato)5. shall be helon the -ate in-icate- in the notice.

9b: Notice. - The notice shall be se)+e- the pa)ties. inclu-in( the offen-e- pa)t5. 2ho shall be )eCui)e- to notif5 thei) )especti+e counsels. if an5. The pa)ties shall appea) in pe)son at the p)eli*ina)5 confe)ence an- sub*it thei) position pape)s settin( fo)th the la2 an- the facts )elie- upon b5 the*.

9c: Natu)e an- pu)pose. - The cou)t shall consi-e)

1. The p)op)iet5 of issuin( a p)otection o)-e). The cou)t shall not -en5 the issuance of a p)otection o)-e) -ue to the lapse of ti*e bet2een the act of +iolence an- the filin( of the petition. sub8ect to Section 14. R.A. No. 4161. The issuance of a ba)an(a5 p)otection o)-e) o) the pen-enc5 of an application fo) a ba)an(a5 p)otection o)-e) shall not p)eclu-e a petitione) f)o* appl5in( fo). o) the cou)t f)o* ()antin(. a p)otection o)-e);

1. The si*plification of the issues; an-

3. Such othe) *atte)s as *a5 ai- in the p)o*pt -isposition of the petition. The cou)t shall not )efe) the case o) an5 issue the)eof to a *e-iato).

9-: P)ohibite- co*p)o*ise. - The cou)t shall not allo2 co*p)o*ise on an5 act constitutin( the c)i*e of +iolence a(ainst 2o*en an- thei) chil-)en an- othe) p)ohibite- *atte)s. such as the follo2in(

1. The ci+il status of pe)sons;

1. The +ali-it5 of a *a))ia(e. -ecla)ation of nullit5 o) annul*ent of a *a))ia(e o) of a le(al sepa)ation;

3. An5 ()oun- fo) -ecla)ation of nullit5 o) annul*ent of a *a))ia(e o) of le(al sepa)ation;

4. @utu)e suppo)t;

0. The 8u)is-iction of cou)ts; an-

6. @utu)e le(iti*e. 9e: Effect of failu)e to appea). -

1. #f the petitione) fails to appea) pe)sonall5. the petition shall be -is*isse- unless the counsel o) a -ul5 autho)iAe- )ep)esentati+e of the petitione) appea)s in cou)t an- (i+es a 8ustifiable )eason fo) the non-appea)ance of the petitione); ho2e+e). if the petition is file- b5 a pe)son othe) than the offen-e- pa)t5. it shall not be -is*isse- if the offen-e- pa)t5 is p)esent an- -oes not a()ee to its -is*issal.

1. #f the )espon-ent appea)s 2ithout counsel. the cou)t shall not )esche-ule o) postpone the confe)ence but shall appoint a la25e) fo) the )espon-ent ani**e-iatel5 p)ocee- the)e2ith; an-

3. #f the )espon-ent has file- his opposition but fails to appea) -espite p)ope) notice; the petitione) shall be allo2e- to p)esent e+i-ence e< pa)te. The cou)t shall then )en-e) 8u-(*ent on the basis of the plea-in(s an- e+i-ence on )eco)-. SEC. 14. P)otection o)-e) issue- afte) p)eli*ina)5 confe)ence. - %ithin fi+e -a5s afte) the te)*ination of the p)eli*ina)5 confe)ence. the cou)t *a5 issue a p)otection o)-e). base- on the plea-in(s an- stipulations o) a-*issions *a-e b5 the pa)ties.

SEC. 10. O)-e) fo) fu)the) hea)in(. - #n case the cou)t -ete)*ines the nee- fo) fu)the) hea)in(. it *a5 issue an o)-e) containin( the follo2in(

9a: @acts un-ispute- an- a-*itte-;

9b: @actual an- le(al issues to be )esol+e-;

9c: E+i-ence. inclu-in( ob8ects an- -ocu*ents that ha+e been *a)/e- an- 2ill be p)esente-;

9-: Na*es of 2itnesses 2ho 2ill be o)-e)e- to p)esent thei) -i)ect testi*onies in the fo)* of affi-a+its; an-

9e: Sche-ule of the p)esentation of e+i-ence b5 both pa)ties 2hich shall be -one in one -a5. to the e<tent possible. 2ithin the 30--a5 pe)io- of the effecti+it5 of the te*po)a)5 p)otection o)-e) issue-.

SEC. 16. 'ea)in(.E

9a: Rule applicable.EThe Re+ise- Rule on Su**a)5 P)oce-u)e shall appl5 as fa) as p)acticable.

9b: Pe)io- to hea) petition.EThe cou)t shall. to the e<tent possible. en-ea+o) to con-uct in one -a5 the hea)in( en the *e)its fo) the issuance of a pe)*anent p)otection o)-e). %he)e the cou)t is unable to finish the hea)in( 2ithin one -a5 anthe te*po)a)5 p)otection o)-e) issue- is -ue to e<pi)e. it *a5 e<ten- o) )ene2 the te*po)a)5 p)otection o)-e) fo) a pe)io- of thi)t5 -a5s each ti*e until final 8u-(*ent is )en-e)e-. The cou)t *a5 *o-if5 the e<ten-e- o) )ene2e- te*po)a)5 p)otection o)-e) as *a5 be necessa)5 to *eet the nee-s of the pa)ties.

9c: E+i-ence of histo)5 of abusi+e con-uct.EThe cou)t *a5 allo2 the int)o-uction of an5 e+i-ence of histo)5 of abusi+e con-uct of a )espon-ent e+en if the sa*e 2as not -i)ecte- a(ainst the +icti*. p)o+i-e- the sa*e is )ele+ant.

9-: E<clusion of pe)sons f)o* cou)t)oo*.EThe cou)t *a5 o)-e) the e<clusion f)o* the cou)t)oo* of all pe)sons 2ho -o not ha+e a -i)ect inte)est in the case. Such an o)-e) *a5 be *a-e if the cou)t -ete)*ines on the )eco)- that )eCui)in( a pa)t5 to testif5 in open cou)t

1. 2oul- not enhance the asce)tain*ent of t)uth;

1. 2oul- cause the pa)t5 ps5cholo(ical ha)* o) inabilit5 to effecti+el5 co**unicate -ue to e*ba))ass*ent. fea) o) ti*i-it5;

3. 2oul- +iolate the )i(ht of a pa)t5 to p)i+ac5; o)

4. 2oul- be offensi+e to -ecenc5 o) public *o)als.

SEC. 1?. P)ohibite- acts.EThe cou)t hea)in( a petition fo) a p)otection o)-e) shall not o)-e). -i)ect. fo)ce o) in an5 2a5 un-ul5 influence the applicant fo) a p)otection o)-e) to co*p)o*ise o) aban-on an5 of the )eliefs sou(ht in the petition fo) p)otection un-e) the la2 an- this Rule. @ailu)e to co*pl5 2ith this section shall )en-e) the 8u-(e a-*inist)ati+el5 liable.

SEC. 1F. A+ailabilit5 of li+e-lin/ tele+ision to e5e2itnesses o) +icti*s.E9a: The testi*on5 of a chil-. as an e5e2itness o) an offen-e- pa)t5 in an act of +iolence a(ainst 2o*en an- thei) chil-)en. *a5 be ta/en b5 li+e-lin/ tele+ision. The application fo) an o)-e) fo) li+e-lin/ testi*on5. the facto)s to be consi-e)e- b5 the cou)t in ()antin( o) -en5in( the use of li+e-lin/ tele+ision an- the p)oce-u)e in+ol+e- in the actual ta/in( of the testi*on5 shall be follo2e- as p)o+i-e- fo) in Section 10 of the Rule on E<a*ination of a Chil- %itness.

9b: The testi*on5 of an a-ult fe*ale. +icti* of +iolence. *a5 li/e2ise be ta/en b5 li+e-lin/ tele+ision. if it appea)s that she 2oul- suffe) t)au*a if she 2e)e to testif5 in the p)esence of the; offen-e) o) pe)pet)ato).

SEC. 14. Pe)io- to -eci-e.E9aK The cou)t shall -eci-e the petition 2ithin thi)t5 -a5s afte) te)*ination of the hea)in( on the *e)its.

9b: %he)e no hea)in( has been con-ucte-. the cou)t shall -eci-e the petition 2ithin ten -a5s afte) the te)*ination of the p)eli*ina)5 confe)ence.

SEC. 30. Hu-(*ent.E#f the cou)t fin-s the petition *e)ito)ious. it shall )en-e) 8u-(*ent ()antin( the offen-e- pa)t5 pe)*anent p)otection a(ainst acts of +iolence an- such othe) necessa)5 )eliefs p)o+i-e- in Section 11 of this Rule. The cou)t shall not -en5 the issuance of a pe)*anent p)otection o)-e) -ue to the lapse of ti*e bet2een the act of +iolence an- the filin( of the petition. sub8ect to Section 14. R.A. No. 4161. The 8u-(*ent shall be i**e-iatel5 e<ecuto)5.

SEC. 31. Appeal.EAn5 a(()ie+e- pa)t5 *a5 appeal b5 filin( a notice of appeal 2ith the cou)t that )en-e)e- the final o)-e) o) 8u-(*ent 2ithin fifteen -a5s f)o* notice an- se)+in( a cop5 the)eof upon the a-+e)se pa)t5. The appeal shall not sta5 the enfo)ce*ent of the final o)-e) o) 8u-(*ent.

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APP!#CAT#ON @OR PROTECT#ON OR&ER AS AN #NC#&ENT #N A CR#M#NA! OR C#"#! ACT#ON AN& OT'ER REME&#ES SEC. 31. Applicabilit5 to applications fo) p)otection o)-e)s file- as inci-ents in ci+il o) c)i*inal cases.EThe fo)e(oin( p)o+isions shall also appl5 to applications fo) p)otection o)-e)s file- as inci-ents in c)i*inal o) ci+il actions.

SEC. 33. %hen petition *a5 p)ocee- sepa)atel5 f)o* o) be -ee*e- institute- 2ith c)i*inal action.E9a: An offen-e- pa)t5 *a5 file a petition fo) p)otection o)-e) aheaof a c)i*inal action a)isin( f)o* the sa*e act. The sa*e shall p)ocee- sepa)atel5 f)o* the c)i*inal action an- shall )eCui)e onl5 a p)epon-e)ance of e+i-ence. Upon *otion of the petitione). the cou)t *a5 consoli-ate the petition 2ith the c)i*inal action.

9b: %he)e the offen-e- pa)t5 chooses to file a c)i*inal action. the petition fo) p)otection o)-e) is -ee*e- institute- 2ith the c)i*inal action. unless the offen-epa)t5 )ese)+es the )i(ht to institute it sepa)atel5.

SEC. 34. %hen petition *a5 p)ocee- sepa)atel5 f)o* o) be -ee*e- institute- 2ith the ci+il action fo) -a*a(es.E9a: An offen-e- pa)t5 *a5 file a petition fo) p)otection o)-e) ahea- of a ci+il action fo) -a*a(es a)isin( f)o* the sa*e act. The

sa*e shall p)ocee- sepa)atel5 f)o* the ci+il action an- shall )eCui)e onl5 a p)epon-e)ance of e+i-ence. Upon *otion of the petitione). the cou)t *a5 consoli-ate the petition 2ith the ci+il action.

9b: %he)e the offen-e- pa)t5 chooses to file a ci+il action fo) -a*a(es. the petition fo) p)otection o)-e) is -ee*e- institute- 2ith the ci+il action.

SEC. 30. P)osecution of ci+il action fo) -a*a(es.EThe ci+il action fo) -a*a(es shall be (o+e)ne- b5 the 144? Rules of Ci+il P)oce-u)e. 'o2e+e). the offen-e- pa)t5 cannot )eco+e) the sa*e -a*a(es t2ice fo) the sa*e act o) o*ission.

SEC. 36. P)osecution of c)i*inal action.EAn act of +iolence co+e)e- b5 R.A. No. 4161 constitutin( a c)i*inal offense shall sub8ect the offen-e) to c)i*inal p)ocee-in(s. 2hich shall be (o+e)ne- b5 the Re+ise- Rules of C)i*inal P)oce-u)e.

%he)e the 8u-(*ent of con+iction -ecla)es that the (uilt of the accuse- has been p)o+e- be5on- )easonable -oubt. the pe)*anent p)otection o)-e) shall issue as a *atte) of cou)se.

%he)e the 8u-(*ent of acCuittal -ecla)es that the Cuantu* of e+i-ence is not enou(h to sustain a con+iction be5on- )easonable -oubt. the cou)t shall -ete)*ine 2hethe) o) not to issue a pe)*anent p)otection o)-e).

%he)e the 8u-(*ent of acCuittal e<p)essl5 -ecla)es that the basis of the offen-e),s c)i*inal liabilit5 -i- not e<ist. a pe)*anent p)otection o)-e) shall not issue. A te*po)a)5 p)otection o)-e) that *a5 ha+e been ea)lie) issue- shall be -issol+e-.

SEC. 3?. >on- to /eep the peace.EThe cou)t *a5 also o)-e) an5 pe)son. a(ainst 2ho* a pe)*anent p)otection o)-e) is issue-. to (i+e a bon- to /eep the peace. #t shall be the -ut5 of sai- pe)son to p)esent t2o sufficient su)eties 2ho shall un-e)ta/e that such pe)son 2ill not co**it the +iolence sou(ht to be p)e+ente-. an- that in case such +iolence is co**itte- the5 2ill pa5 the a*ount -ete)*ineb5 the cou)t in its 8u-(*ent. The cou)t in its -isc)etion shall fi< the -u)ation of the bon-.

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COMMON PRO"#S#ONS SEC. 3F. Rep)o-uction of e+i-ence.EAn o)-e) ()antin( the issuance of a pe)*anent p)otection o)-e) is 2ithout p)e8u-ice to a t)ial on the *e)its of the c)i*inal o) ci+il action in+ol+in( +iolence a(ainst 2o*en an- thei) chil-)en. The e+i-ence a--uce-u)in( the hea)in( fo) the issuance of a pe)*anent p)otection o)-e) *a5. upon *otion. be )ep)o-uce- in the c)i*inal o) ci+il action 2ithout p)e8u-ice to the c)osse<a*ination of 2itnesses an- p)esentation of a--itional e+i-ence.

SEC. 34. Hu)is-iction an- +enue fo) c)i*inal actions o) ci+il actions.EThe @a*il5 Cou)t shall ha+e o)i(inal an- e<clusi+e 8u)is-iction o+e) cases of +iolence a(ainst 2o*en an- thei) chil-)en )e(a)-less of the a*ount of -a*a(es clai*e-. The action *a5 also be file- 2ith the app)op)iate )e(ional t)ial cou)ts in places 2he)e the)e a)e no @a*il5 Cou)ts. at the option of the offen-e- pa)t5.

SEC. 40. P)i+ac5 an- confi-entialit5 of p)ocee-in(s.EAll hea)in(s of cases of +iolence a(ainst 2o*en an- thei) chil-)en shall be con-ucte- in a *anne) consistent 2ith the -i(nit5 of 2o*en an- thei) chil-)en an- )espect fo) thei) p)i+ac5.

Reco)-s of the cases shall be t)eate- 2ith ut*ost confi-entialit5. %hoe+e) publishes o) causes to be publishe-. in an5 fo)*at. the na*e. a--)ess. telephone nu*be). school. business a--)ess. e*plo5e) o) othe) i-entif5in( info)*ation of the pa)ties o) an i**e-iate fa*il5 o) househol- *e*be). 2ithout thei) consent o) 2ithout autho)it5 of the cou)t. shall be liable fo) conte*pt of cou)t an- shall suffe) the penalt5 of one 5ea) i*p)ison*ent an- a fine of not *o)e than @i+e 'un-)eThousan- 9P000.000.00: Pesos.

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>ARAN$AI PROTECT#ON OR&ER SEC. 41. "enue.EApplications fo) ba)an(a5 p)otection o)-e)s shall obse)+e the follo2in( )ules on +enue

9a: 2he)e the pa)ties )esi-e. in the sa*e ba)an(a5. the -ispute shall be b)ou(ht fo) settle*ent in sai- ba)an(a5;

9b: 2he)e the pa)ties )esi-e in -iffe)ent ba)an(a5s in the sa*e cit5 o) *unicipalit5. the -ispute shall be settle- in the ba)an(a5 2he)e the )espon-ent o) an5 one of the )espon-ents actuall5 )esi-es. at the choice of the co*plainant;

9c: -isputes a)isin( at the 2o)/place 2he)e the conten-in( pa)ties a)e e*plo5e- o) at the institution 2he)e such pa)ties a)e en)olle- fo) stu-5. shall be b)ou(ht in the ba)an(a5 2he)e such 2o)/place o) institution is locate-; an-

9-: an5 ob8ection )elatin( to +enue shall be )aise- befo)e the Punon( >a)an(a5 -u)in( the p)ocee-in(s befo)e hi*. @ailu)e to -o so shall be -ee*e- a 2ai+e) of such ob8ections.

SEC. 41. %he)e to file co*plaint fo) +iolation of a ba)an(a5 p)otection o)-e). - A co*plaint fo) +iolation of a ba)an(a5 p)otection o)-e) *a5 be file- 2ith an5 *et)opolitan t)ial cou)t. *unicipal t)ial cou)t in cities. *unicipal t)ial cou)t o) *unicipal ci)cuit t)ial cou)t that has te))ito)ial 8u)is-iction o+e) the ba)an(a5 2hich issue- the sai- p)otection o)-e).

SEC. 43. P)oce-u)e. - 9a: The co*plaint shall be acco*panie- b5 affi-a+its anothe) e+i-ence p)o+in( the alle(e- +iolation;

9b: Upon )eceipt of the co*plaint. the cou)t shall issue an o)-e) )eCui)in( the accuse- to sub*it 2ithin fi+e -a5s his counte)-affi-a+it. the affi-a+its of his 2itnesses an- othe) e+i-ence in his behalf;

9c: #f the cou)t. upon a consi-e)ation of the co*plaint. the counte)-affi-a+its of the accuse- an- othe) e+i-ence sub*itte- b5 the pa)ties. fin-s no cause o) ()oun- to hol- the accuse- fo) t)ial. it shall o)-e) the -is*issal of the case; othe)2ise. it shall set the case fo) a))ai(n*ent an- t)ial;

9-: "iolation of a ba)an(a5 p)otection o)-e) shall be punishable b5 i*p)ison*ent of thi)t5 -a5s 2ithout p)e8u-ice to an5 othe) c)i*inal o) ci+il action that the offen-epa)t5 *a5 file fo) an5 of the acts co**itte-; an-

9e: A 8u-(*ent of +iolation of a ba)an(a5 p)otection o)-e) *a5 be appeale- to the )e(ional t)ial cou)t 2hose -ecision shall be final. An appeal f)o* a 8u-(*ent of +iolation of a ba)an(a5 p)otection o)-e) shall not sta5 the enfo)ce*ent of a p)otection o)-e) that *i(ht ha+e been issue- b5 the t)ial cou)t -u)in( the t)ial.

SEC. 44. #ssuance of p)otection o)-e) 2hen 2a))ante-; conte*pt of cou)t fo) +iolation. - &u)in( t)ial o) upon 8u-(*ent. the t)ial cou)t *a5 *otu p)op)io issue a p)otection o)-e) 2hen 2a))ante-. "iolation of an5 p)otection o)-e) issue- un-e) this Section shall constitute conte*pt of cou)t punishable un-e) Rule ?1 of the Rules of Cou)t. 2ithout p)e8u-ice to an5 othe) c)i*inal o) ci+il action that the offen-e- pa)t5 *a5 file fo) an5 of the acts co**itte-.

SEC. 40. Effecti+it5. - This Rule shall ta/e effect on the 10th -a5 of No+e*be) 1004 follo2in( its publication in a ne2spape) of (ene)al ci)culation not late) than 30 Octobe) 1004.a