This is the lowest age of consent anywhere in the world and this must be changed and challenged and politicians asked why they have left children as young as 12 vulnerable to sexual assault. Few Filipino parents will agree that their child is capable of giving consent to an act about he or she knows practically nothing at that age.As early as 1995, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child advised the Philippines to pass a law clearly establishing the age of consent. The simple rape law in the Penal Code 266 A and in all other provisions of that Penal Code also state 12 years as the age of consent.Cox proportional hazards models are used to identify the characteristics associated with age at first sex.Males engage in precoital physical behaviors and first sex at younger ages than females.Furthermore, this "testing phase" also helps a man who could be "torpe", a Filipino term for a suitor who is shy, "stupid", and feels cowardly, and is innocent and naïve in how to court a woman.
Philippine laws to justify it have been passed, mostly by men, by setting the age of consent for sexual acts as low as 12 years of age in the Philippines. In Chapter Three, it says rape is committed “when the offended party is under twelve (12) years of age or is demented,” which means over that age it is approved provided there is consent and no force used.People can sexually abuse children and claim the child gave consent.A judge who favors that act as permissible can dismiss a case of child abuse on that basis.Through this "human-bridge", the bachelor can also ask permission to visit the woman at home from the bachelorette's father.As a norm, the couple will not be left alone with each other during this first home visit, because formal introductions to family members are done, which may be performed by the "tulay". During this preliminary evaluation period, the Filipino woman will either deny her feelings (or the absence of feelings for the suitor) and avoids her admirer, or does not become angry because of the teasing and encourages the suitor instead.