Wives Requiring A Husband To Turn Over His Entire Salary Is Liable To Economic Abuse – Nograles

Wives confiscating the partner’s entire salary and ATM cards by force could be held accountable if the proposed HB 4888 becomes law. This expanded the coverage of the Violence Against Women and Their Children (VAWC) Act of 2004. To sum up, the proposed bill’s primary purpose is to eradicate violence and abuse in a relationship regardless of gender.


House Bill No. 4888

Rizal 2nd District Representative Fidel Nograles filed the House Bill No. 4888 seeking to amend VAWC law by expanding its coverage from women and children to all those who experience acts of violence from their partners, which means this includes husbands and LGBTQIA and partners.

In the proposed measure, violence against partners and their children is defined as “any act or a series of acts committed by any person against their spouses, former spouse, partner, former partner, or against any other person with whom they have or had a sexual or dating relationship, or with whom they have a common child, or against the other person’s child whether legitimate or illegitimate, within or without the family abode, which result in or is likely to result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering, or economic abuse including threats of such acts, battery, assault, coercion, harassment or arbitrary deprivation of liberty.”

The word partner does not only refer to the straight man and woman but also the LGBTQIA partners.


Economic abuse

The existing VAWC only included women and children as the lawmaker pointed out but said in his experience in providing legal aid to people with marital problems, there are 12 to 15 abused husbands/male partners, in every 100 couples and there could be more.

“Maaari itong maging isang uri ng economic abuse na puwede nating tugunan sa ilalim ng ating batas,” he added.

 (It can be a form of economic abuse that we can address under the law.)

“Ang economic abuse ay ‘yung ginagawang financially dependent ‘yung partner sa inyo at nawawalan siya ng karapatan na magdesisyon kung paano tutugunan ang kanyang sariling pangangailangan,” Nograles explained in a news forum in Quezon City.

(Making the partner financially dependant on you and losing the right to decide on how to address personal needs is a form of economic abuse.)


“Classic example dito ay ‘yung pagkuha ng ATM card ng partner, pagkuha ng lahat ng sweldo, tapos hindi bibigyan ng pagkakataon ‘yung partner na bumili o magdecide ng kanyang mga sariling gastusin,” he added.

(Confiscating ATM cards, entire salaries, and depriving the partner to choose nor buy his expenses is a classic example.)

“Mayroon din tayong instances ng mga abused husbands na sinusuko nila lahat ng kanilang sweldo o ‘yung ATM card sa kanilang misis at nawawalan sila ng karapatan na magdesisyon kung paano tugunan ang kanilang mga sariling pangangailangan,” he added.

(There are instances where abused husbands hand over their entire salaries and the ATM cards to their wives, and they were deprived of the right to meet their own needs.)


Gender equality in a relationship

Nograles stressed that his proposal is not putting wives at a disadvantage, but he wants to mainstream gender equality and make the protection inclusive.

“Sa panahon ngayon, hindi lang women and their children ang nangangailangan,” he said.

 (At this age, not only women and their children have needs.)

The primary purpose of the proposed measure is “to weed out the violence and abuse in the relationships regardless of gender,” Nograles said.


Male partners who are victims of abuse

“Tumataas ang trend nito at dahil sa macho ego culture natin, nahihiya lumantad ang mga abused husbands,” the lawmaker said.

(The trend is rising and because of our macho ego culture, abused husbands are embarrassed to come out in the open.)

“Kapag naging mainstream na itong issue ng abused husbands, tataas na rin po ang bilang nung mga lalapit sa media at hihingi ng tulong sa pang-aabuso.”

(When this issue of abused husbands becomes mainstream, the number of those who come to the media will increase and seek help.)

“We must recognize that there are also male partners who are victims of abuse, yet are unable to report such incidents because of prejudice,” Nograles said.