Policeman apprehends woman for wearing short shorts in Caloocan

Published November 12, 2021, 12:34 AM

by Aaron Homer Dioquino

A woman on Wednesday expressed her anger at a policeman who issued her a violation ticket for wearing short shorts while walking along the street in Caloocan City.

According to a GMA News report, the woman (name withheld) was apprehended for violating the city’s dress code ordinance.

The woman was supposed to deliver some goods on Monday when she was stopped by the policeman and issued her a violation ticket, which is only a warning for first offense.

The cop informed her that she would be fined once she is caught again for the same violation.

Confused, Carmina told the police officer that she was unaware that short pants are prohibited in the city.

“Halos lahat naman po talaga naka-short na po eh sabi nga po ng matatanda doon paano naman kami nagso-short din huhulihin din ba nila matanda na kami (Almost everyone is wearing shorts, some adults said that they might be apprehended for also wearing shorts),” she said.

The cop’s basis for accosting the woman is the Ordinance No. 0439 or the Caloocan City Dress Code in Public Place enacted in 2007. It requires the citizens, including vendors, to wear proper clothing while outside their homes.

In 2019, Mayor Oscar Malapitan clarified that the ordinance only aims to oblige the residents to be “decently attired”, not to prohibit them from wearing short pants.

Malapitan said that the incident will be investigated.