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REPUBLIC ACT NO.

10906
Anti-Mail Order Spouse Act
AN ACT PROVIDING STRONGER MEASURES
AGAINST UNLAWFUL PRACTICES, BUSINESSES,
AND SCHEMES OF MATCHING AND OFFERING
FILIPINOS FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS FOR
PURPOSES OF MARRIAGE OR COMMON LAW
PARTNERSHIP, REPEALING FOR THE PURPOSE
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6955, ALSO REFERRED AS
THE ANTI-MAIL ORDER BRIDE LAW

Stamp by Roger Pe
2002 Bronze World Medal Winner
New York Festivals
Definitions

Mail Order Spouse - a person listed in print and online


catalogues and is selected by a foreigner for marriage

Marriage Matching/ Mail Order Sites - online match-


making agencies that offer names and addresses of
prospective spouse for a fee and arranges show-up
tours
Sec. 3 - Prohibited Acts
It shall be unlawful for any person, whether natural or
juridical, to commit, directly or indirectly, any of the
following acts:

a) Engage in any business or scheme for money,


profit, material, or economic or other consideration which
has for its purpose the matching or offering of a Filipino to a
foreign national for marriage or common law partnership
on a mail-order basis or through personal introduction,
email, or websites on the internet.

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b) Exhibit, advertise, publish, print or distribute, or
cause the exhibition, advertisement, publication, printing,
or distribution of brochures, flyers, or propaganda
materials which are calculated to promote the prohibited
acts in the preceding paragraph, or to post, advertise, or
upload such materials through websites on the internet;

Sec. 3 - Prohibited Acts


c) Solicit, enlist or in any manner, attract or induce
any Filipino to become a member in any club or
association whose objective is to match Filipino nationals
to foreign nationals for the purpose of marriage or
common law partnership for a fee; and

d) To use the postal service or any website on the


internet to promote the prohibited acts under this section.

Sec. 3 - Prohibited Acts


https://www.rosebrides.com/
https://www.rosebrides.com/
https://www.rosebrides.com/
https://www.rosebrides.com/philippine-brides.html
https://www.rosebrides.com/philippine-brides.html
Penalties
PERSONS LIABLE IMPRISONMENT FINE
Persons found guilty for violating 15 years 500, 000.00PhP 1M
Section 3 and those who will abet
or cooperate

Corporation, Partnership,
Association, Club, Establishment,
or any Juridical Person*

Syndicate or when committed on 20 years 2M 5M


Large Scale
Accessories 10 years 100, 000.00PhP -
500, 000.00PhP

*penalty shall be imposed upon the owner, president, partner, manager, or any
responsible officer who participated in the commission of the prohibited acts or who
shall have knowingly permitted or failed to prevent its commission
Penalties
PERSONS LIABLE PENALTY
Foreigners Deportation after serving the sentence
and payment of fine and will be barred
permanently from entering the country
Advertising Agency, Suspension or revocation of license or
Newspaper, and Magazine permit to operate in the PH
Publisher, Television or Radio
Station, Internet Websites, or
other Entities
Section 6 Mandatory Programs
Preventive, Protective and Rehabilitative programs for
victims to be carried out by:
1) DFA
2) DOLE
3) DSWD
4) DOJ
5) PCW
6) CFO

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Section 7 - Venue
A criminal action arising from the violation of this Act shall
be filed in the place where the offense was committed,
where any of its elements occurred, or where the victim
actually resides. The court where the criminal action is first
filed shall acquire jurisdiction to the exclusion of other
courts.

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References:
Alex Tizon, Death Of A Dreamer -- Susana Remerata Blackwell 1969 to 1995, The Seattle Times, April 21, 1996,
available at http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/ archive/?date=19960421&slug=2325181 last accessed May
1, 2017).

Timothy Egan, Mail-Order Marriage, Immigrant Dreams and Death, The New York Times, May 26, 1996, available at
http://www.nytimes.com/1996/05/26/world/mail-order-marriage-immigrant-dreams-and-death.html (last accessed May 1,
2017).

Mail Order Brides, The Manila Times, January 26, 2015, available at http://www.manilatimes.net/male-order-
brides/158083/ (last accessed May 1, 2017).

Carmela Fonbuena, Out-Sourcing the Wife, ABS-CBN News, September 15, 2009, available at http://news.abs-
cbn.com/special-report/09/14/09/out-sourcing-wife (last accessed May 1, 2017).

Carmela Fonbuena, Out-Sourcing the Wife: Dreams turned Sour, ABS-CBN News, September 17, 2009, available at
http://news.abs-cbn.com/special-report/09/17/09/out-sourcing-wife-dreams-turned-sour (last accessed May 1, 2017).

Republic Act No. 6955 - Anti-Mail Order Bride Act, June 13, 1990.

Republic Act No. 10906 - Anti-Mail Order Spouse Act, July 21, 2016.

RoseBrides.com

Filipinocupid.com