Following the backlash over a standing ordinance in Caloocan City banning the wearing of short shorts in public, Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan said on his Facebook page that the ordinance only requires “residents especially in government offices to be ‘decently attired,’ but they are not prohibited [from wearing] shorts.”
Looking at the copy of the 2007 ordinance attached to the Facebook post, however, Section 4B states that vendors in public markets are prohibited from wearing shorts and short shorts, among others. Section 5 defines short shorts as “trousers covering less than one-fourth of the lower torso and legs.”
The Facebook post also stated that the 2007 ordinance was “authored by a former city councilor and passed by the previous administration. This was not approved during Malapitan's time.”
The mayor said, “I really want the ordinance to be repealed as I stand for equal rights [and] freedom and I believe that all women should be respected no matter what they wear.” He also encouraged victims of sexual harassment to “stand up for themselves and report to the police.”
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