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Understanding Infidelity Laws in the Philippines

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If you thought that straying from your marital vows was simply a moral issue, it's time to reconsider. The Supreme Court of the Philippines has made it clear that leaving your spouse for another person is not only a matter of the heart but a punishable crime under the law.

In a groundbreaking case, Jaime Araza vs. People of the Philippines (G.R. No. 247429, 08 September 2020), the Supreme Court declared Mr. Araza guilty beyond reasonable doubt for violating Section 5(i) of Republic Act No. 9262, also known as the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004.

What was Mr. Araza's crime? He committed psychological violence through marital infidelity, a serious offense that the Court took very seriously. The sentence handed down was a prison term ranging from 6 months and 1 day to 8 years and 1 day, along with a fine of PHP 100,000 and an additional PHP 25,000 for moral damages.

The Court reached this groundbreaking decision based on the credible and substantial testimony of Mr. Araza's wife, who suffered emotional and psychological turmoil due to her husband's actions.

It's important to note that psychological violence, including the infliction of emotional anguish and mental suffering, is an integral element of the violation of Section 5(i) of R.A. No. 9262. The law does not require the victim to develop psychological illness as a result of the abuser's actions. Instead, it requires evidence that the victim experienced emotional distress and mental suffering, which can be proven through the victim's personal testimony.

To establish psychological violence, it is necessary to demonstrate that any of the acts outlined in Section 5(i), or similar acts, have been committed. Marital infidelity, as in Mr. Araza's case, falls within these acts, leading to his conviction.

This landmark case demonstrates that the law is evolving to protect the emotional and psychological well-being of individuals. Marital infidelity is no longer seen as a simple act of personal betrayal; it is now recognized as a violation of the law that can result in severe consequences.

For those contemplating straying from their marital commitments, the case of Jaime Araza serves as a reminder that marital infidelity is not merely a personal decision but a punishable crime under the law.

At Lawyers Online PH, we understand the complexity of infidelity laws and their implications. If you need guidance on your rights and legal options regarding infidelity issues, our expert lawyers are here to provide you with the necessary advice and support. Contact us to ensure that your rights are protected and that you have a clear understanding of the legal consequences of marital infidelity in the Philippines.

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