Philippine president Rodrigo Duetertae has signed a bill into law penalizing a range of acts of sexual harassment, including catcalling, wolf-whistling and persistent telling of sexual jokes, which pro-women’s groups have accused him of committing.

According to the Associated Press, Philippine officials released on Monday a copy of Republic Act 11313, known as the ‘Safe Spaces Act’, which he signed in April.

The reason for the delay in its public release was not immediately clear.

The bill’s main author, opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros, has called the law a “massive victory” against a growing culture of rude sexist actions.



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