The Family Code of the Republic of the Philippines states: „For the marriage of a man and a woman who have lived together as husband and wife for at least five years, and without legal obstacles, no license is required to marry. The Contracting Parties shall set out the above facts in an affidavit before any person legally entitled to take an oath. The solemn official also declares under oath that he has established that the qualifications of the contracting parties did not constitute a legal obstacle to the marriage. MPs Eric Yap (Benguet) and Paolo Duterte (Davao City) have introduced a bill to raise the legal minimum age from 18 to 21. According to article 287 of the Indonesian Penal Code, the age of consent in Indonesia is 15 years. [62] The age of consent is the minimum age at which a person is legally considered old enough to consent to participate in sexual activity. People aged 14 or under in Indonesia are legally incapable of consenting to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for legal rape or relevant local law. The legal drinking age in the Philippines is 18, but children can easily buy alcoholic beverages in stores. In countries that have the legal age of consent, which is the majority of them, the most common age of consent in the world is between 14 and 16 years old. Currently, Nigeria has the lowest age of consent at only 11 years old. Then came Angola and previously the Philippines at the age of 12. If you are looking for a small comparison, the highest age of consent in the world in Bahrain is 21 years.

The age of sexual consent is the same as in Jordanian article 306 of the Penal Code. Consensual sex is legal from the age of 16. [94] The age of consent in Cambodia is 15 years, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. [36] The age of consent in this country is determined by Chapter 4 (Debauchery) Section 8 of the Anti-Abduction, Trafficking in Persons and Exploitation of Human Beings Act, which was specifically enacted to prohibit sexual relations with children under the age of 15. The law prohibits „debauchery“ with a child under the age of 15, and this term (the original Cambodian word is anacha) has been interpreted by the courts as prohibiting any form of sexual behavior (both consensual and non-consensual; both „ordinary“ and paid sex) with a child under the age of 15. It is the main legal tool used to prosecute foreigners who engage in child sex tourism in Cambodia. [37] [38] [39] [40] Any type of sexual activity outside of marriage is illegal in Saudi Arabia. In 2019, Saudi Arabia officially banned all marriages under the age of 18 for both men and women. [107] The pressure to ban child marriage was first fought by high-ranking clergy who argued that a woman reaches adulthood at puberty.

However, the Saudi Shura Council had banned marriages under the age of 15 and required court approval for people under the age of 18. [108] According to the Child Protection Act, the Act contains a provision that states: „Before entering into the marriage contract, it must be ensured that a person who marries before the age of 18 is not harmed, whether male or female.“ [109] Sexual activity outside of marriage is illegal in Oman. [15] The de facto age of consent for heterosexual relations in Malaysia is 18 for both sexes, as homosexual activity is illegal in Malaysia. As WHO data already show, a significant proportion of young people between the ages of 15 and 19 who have started drinking alcohol in the Philippines are doing so in dangerous ways, putting their health at risk. This shows that the country needs to raise the legal minimum age to 21. In April 2008, the case of Nujood Ali, a 10-year-old girl who successfully divorced, made headlines around the world, prompting calls to raise the legal age of marriage to 18. [124] Later in 2008, the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood proposed setting the minimum age of marriage at 18. The law was passed in April 2009, but was dropped the next day after maneuvers by opposing parliamentarians. Negotiations to adopt the legislation are ongoing.

[125] If you are a foreigner, bring your passport and a certificate of legal capacity to enter into a marriage. Although the age of consent is 15 years, the perpetrator can only be charged and prosecuted if a prosecution is brought with law enforcement. An exception to this law is when the victim`s age is less than 12 years of age or in certain circumstances such as assault or incest. Two adult witnesses are required to accompany you both to the local clerk. Congratulations on your commitment! Now that you`re engaged, it`s time to start planning the wedding. The first step is to deal with the laws and the paperwork. Tasting cakes and trying on wedding outfits is much more exciting, but legalization is important and needs to be done well. We`ve put together a guide that covers all the details of what it takes to marry a Filipino. Any type of sexual activity outside of marriage is illegal in Yemen.

Until recently, Yemeni law set the age of consent at 15. However, this law has been abolished. Well, „Yemeni law allows girls of all ages to marry, but it prohibits sexual relations with them until the indefinite period during which they are suitable for sexual intercourse.“ [122] In 1999, the minimum age of marriage of fifteen years for women, rarely applied, was abolished; The onset of puberty, interpreted by ulama at the age of nine, was established as a prerequisite for the completion of marriage. [123] Sexual acts outside of marriage are illegal in Afghanistan. The minimum age of marriage is 12 years for men and 13 years for women. [1] If you are under the age of 18, you cannot marry in the Philippines even if your parents agree to marry. You must be 18 years of age or older to legally marry a Filipino. The marriageable age is 16 years. Before this age, marriage requires the approval of the Sharia Court of the State of Bahrain. [1]. The minimum age for marriage without the permission of the girl`s father or guardian is 21.

[28] The minimum legal age to consent to sexual activity varies by jurisdiction in Asia, ranging from 9 (Yemen) to 21 (Hong Kong for women who have sex). The specific activity or gender of the participants may also be relevant factors. Below is a discussion of the different laws that deal with this topic. Highlighted age refers to an age at which or above one person can enter into unfettered sexual relations with another who is also at or above that age. Other variables, such as same-sex relationships or close age exceptions, may exist and are noted if necessary, for example in Indonesia. According to articles 372 and 373, it is illegal to buy or sell minors for the purpose of prostitution.