Honoring the Dead and Necrophilia

We honor our dead in the next few days. November 2 to be exact, which is All Soul’s day or Araw ng mga Patay (incidentally, I’m still trying to figure out why November 1, All Saints’ Day, is the regular national holiday, and not All Soul’s Day).

As part of honoring the dead, is it high time the Philippines consider passing a law declaring necrophilia a crime? Necrophilia (nekros, dead body; philia, love) is the perverse act of engaging in sexual intercourse with the dead. As Philippine law stands today, sexual intercourse with a dead body is not considered a crime.

There was a move to criminalize necrophilia. Former Senator Manny Villar filed a bill seeking to penalize necrophiles or those who morbidly derive sexual gratification by copulating with a corpse (15th Congress, Senate Bill No. 1297, seeking to criminalize necrophilia or carnal knowledge with the dead and imposing appropriate penalties thereof, incorporating for this purpose Article 355-A into Act No. 3815, otherwise known as the Revised Penal Code). It provides that necrophilia is committed by a person who engages in sexual intercourse with a female corpse. Persons found guilty of necrophilia shall suffer the penalty of reclusion perpetua to death and a fine of PhP100,000 to PhP500,000. Whenever the crime of necrophilia is committed by two or more persons, or by any person in whose care or custody such female corpse is found, the penalty shall be death.

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