CRIMES AGAINST PUBLIC MORALS
Art. 195 - What Acts Are Punishable in
1. Taking part directly or indirectly in -
a. any game of monte, jueteng, or any other form of lottery, policy, banking, or percentage game, dog races, or any other game or scheme the results of which depend wholly or chiefly upon chance or hazard; or wherein wagers consisting of money, articles of value, or representative of value are made; or
b. the exploitation or use of any other mechanical invention or contrivance to determine by chance the loser or winner of money or any object or
representative of value;
2. Knowingly permitting any form of gambling to be carried on in any place owned or controlled by the
3. Being maintainer, conductor, or banker in a game of jueteng or similar game;
4. Knowingly and without lawful purpose possessing lottery list, paper, or other matter containing letters, figures, signs or symbol which pertain to or are in any manner used in the game of jueteng or any similar game.
Art. 196 - Importation, Sale and Possession of Lottery Tickets or Advertisements
1. Importing into the Philippines from any foreign place or port any lottery ticket or advertisement; or
2. Selling or distributing the same in connivance with the importer;
3. Possessing, knowingly and with intent to use them, lottery tickets or advertisements; or
4. Selling or distributing the same without connivance with the importer of the same.
Note that possession of any lottery ticket or advertisement is prima facie evidence of an intent to sell, distribute or use the same in the Philippines.
Art. 197 - Betting in Sport Contests
This article has been repealed by Presidential Decree No. 483 (Betting, Game-fixing or Point-shaving and Machinations in Sport Contests):
Section 2. Betting, game-fixing, point-shaving or game machination unlawful. - Game-fixing, point-shaving, game machination, as defined in the
preceding section, in connection with the games of basketball, volleyball, softball, baseball; chess, boxing bouts, jai-alia, sipa, pelota and all other sports contests, games or races; as well as betting therein except as may be authorized by law, is hereby declared unlawful.
Art. 198 - Illegal Betting on Horse Race
1. Betting on horse races during periods not allowed by law;
2. Maintaining or employing a totalizer or other device or scheme for betting on races or realizing profit therefrom during the periods not allowed by law.
When horse races not allowed:
1. July 4 (Republic Act No. 137);
2. December 30 (Republic Act No. 229);
3. Any registration or voting days (Republic Act No. 180, Revised Election Code); and
4. Holy Thursday and Good Friday (Republic Act No. 946).
Art. 199 - Illegal Cockfighting
This article has been modified or repealed by Presidential Decree No. 449 (The Cockfighting Law of 1974):
· Only allows one cockpit per municipality, unless the population exceeds 100,000 in which case two
cockpits may be established;
· Cockfights can only be held in licensed cockpits on Sundays and legal holidays and local fiestas for
not more than three days;
· Also allowed during provincial, municipal, city, industrial, agricultural fairs, carnivals, or exposition not more than three days;
· Cockfighting not allowed on:
December 30, June 12, November 30, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Election or Referendum Day, and registration days for referendums and elections;
· Only municipal and city mayors are allowed to issue licenses for such.
Art. 200 - Grave Scandal
1. Offender performs an act or acts;
2. Such act or acts be highly scandalous as offending against decency or good customs;
3. The highly scandalous conduct is not expressly falling within any other article of this Code; and
4. The act or acts complained of be committed in a public place or within the public knowledge or view.
In grave scandal, the scandal involved refers to moral scandal offensive to decency, although it does not disturb public peace. But such conduct or act must be open to the public view.
Art. 201 - Immoral Doctrines, Obscene
Publications and Exhibitions and Indecent Shows
1. Those who shall publicly expound or proclaim doctrines openly contrary to public morals;
2. a. The authors of obscene literature, published with their knowledge in any form, the editors
publishing such literature; and the owners/operators of the establishment selling the same;
b. Those who, in theaters, fairs, cinematographs, or any other place, exhibit indecent or immoral plays, scenes, acts, or shows, it being understood that the obscene literature or indecent or immoral plays, scenes, acts or shows, whether live or in film, which are proscribed by virtue hereof,
shall include those which:
(1) glorify criminals or condone crimes;
(2) serve no other purpose but to satisfy the
market for violence, lust or pornography; (3) offend any race, or religion; (4) tend to abet traffic in and use of prohibited drugs; and (5) are contrary to law, public order, morals, good customs, established policies, lawful orders, decrees and edicts; and
3. Those who shall sell, give away, or exhibit films, prints, engravings, sculptures, or literature which are offensive to morals.
Art. 202 - Vagrants and Prostitutes
1. Any person having no apparent means of subsistence, who has the physical ability to work and who neglects to apply himself or herself to some lawful calling;
2. Any person found loitering about public or semi-public buildings or places or trampling or wandering about the country or the streets without visible means of support;
3. Any idle or dissolute person who ledges in houses of ill fame;
4. Ruffians or pimps and those who habitually associate with prostitutes;
5. Any person who, not being included in the provisions of other articles of this Code, shall be found loitering in any inhabited or uninhabited place belonging to another without any lawful or
6. Prostitutes, who are women who, for money or profit, habitually indulge in sexual intercourse or lascivious conduct.
Prostitutes are women who, for money or profit, habitually indulge in sexual intercourse or lascivious conduct, are deemed to be prostitutes.