Muntinlupa City Implements 'Anti-Half Naked' Ordinance

Going shirtless in public is a no-no, but there are exemptions.
by F. Valencia
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The season of high temperatures is upon us, but the city of Muntinlupa in Metro Manila won't allow anyone to walk around shirtless in public.

The local government is putting a stop to the practice of people (mostly men) going around shirtless in public with its "Anti-Half Naked" ordinance.

"The [ordinance] covers places such as roads, sidewalks, parks, and bridges. Those who will be caught will be fined P500 for the first offense, P1,000 for second offense, and P1,500 for third offense," reports Jonathan M. Hicap in Manila Bulletin.

The ordinance also allows members of the Philippine National Police, aside from barangay officials and enforcers, to apprehend violators.

The report notes: "Exemptions to the ordinance include activities with special permit issued by the city government, medical emergencies, indigenous people wearing ethnic clothes, public swimming pools, beaches, and rivers, and persons engaged in sports and sports activities."

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