A stalwart of Lakas-CMD has lauded and expressed gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for addressing the child pornography issue in the country.
Like Rizal Rep. Fidel Nograles, Duterte was also alarmed over the rising cases of child pornography, which has reached a record high especially during the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine last year.
“Nagpapasalamat tayo na si Pangulong Duterte na mismo ang nag-direkta para magkaroon ng agarang aksyon laban sa child pornography. Nananawagan tayo sa Kongreso na gawin din ang makakaya para matigil na ang pagsasamantala sa ating kabataan,” Nograles said.
The President recently ordered the National Telecommunications Commission to impose sanctions against internet service providers that have failed to stop online child pornography, as transaction involving online sexual exploitation rose to 47,937 in 2020 from 19,000 in 2019.
The Anti-Money Laundering Council also said that suspicious transactions amounting to P113.1 million related to child pornography were reported in the first half of 2020. The figure is almost double the P65.8 million posted in 2019.
Meanwhile, the neophyte solon has reiterated his call to Congress to pass a bill that would strengthen the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009 (Republic Act 9775).
Nograles filed House Bill No. 7633 or the Anti-Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children Act of 2020 to amend Section 9 of RA 9775, on September last year after the Department of Justice reported that cases of child pornography had exponentially increased.
Using data from the U.S.-based National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the DOJ noted that there were 279,166 cases of online child sex abuse in the Philippines from March 1 to May 24, 2020, compared to 76,561 cases during the same period in 2019.
This represented a 264.63 percent increase in cases, or more than 202,605 incidents.
The bill mainly seeks to amend Section 9 of RA 9775.
The section allows internet service providers to install software that could block access to and transmittal of child pornography and notify authorities within seven days of detection of any internet address that may contain child pornography.
However, it also states that “nothing in this section may be construed to require an ISP to engage in the monitoring of any user, subscriber or customer or the content of any communication of any such person,” which telecom operators have said effectively hampers them from taking action, in particular monitoring and blocking child pornography websites.
The bill also proposes that foreign nationals who have committed any sex-related offenses be barred from entering the Philippines.