The Municipality of Libertad in Misamis Oriental has just passed an ordinance prohibiting any person to display or roam around in public places and/or outside his private residence naked, topless or half-naked.

However, there are exemptions to the rule which include the following:

  1. Activities or events with special permit issued by the Municipal government/ implementing agencies;
  2. In cases of medical emergencies
  3. Indigenous people wearing ethnic clothes;
  4. Public swimming pools, beaches and rivers;
  5. Persons who are engaged in sports and sports activities;
  6. Persons in the conduct of their occupation (e.g. fishing, tuba gatherer, etc.)

Penalties for violators are as follows:

  • 1st Offense – a fine of P 500.00 pesos or 6 hours community service
  • 2nd Offense – a fine of P 1,000.00 pesos or 8 hours community service
  • 3rd and Subsequent Offense – a fine of P 1,500.00 pesos or six (6) months imprisonment or both fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court.

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