Anti-topless ordinance passed

ROXAS CITY – Members of the city council passed the anti-topless ordinance in this city recently.

The measure, which was authored by Councilor Jericho Celino, stated that it recognizes the importance of promoting an atmosphere of decency, propriety, and orderliness among the members of its community and all those who come within the city’s area of responsibility and territorial jurisdiction.

It added that it is just fitting and proper for people of all ages to give courtesy and respect as well as observe proper decorum wherever they may be.

Exemptions to the rule apply to persons in private places, activities approved by the city and the government/implementing agencies, medical emergencies, indigenous people wearing ethnic clothes, public pools, beaches, and rivers, persons who engage in sports and sports activities.

Violators will be given a warning for the first offense, P500 fine for the second offense, and P500 fine and three-hour community service for the third offense.

During the passage of the ordinance, Celino, and his colleagues, Councilors Cesar Yap Jr., Midelo Ocampo, and John Paul Arcenas jokingly posed half-naked.*