Internet providers to face sanctions for allowing child porn online: Palace

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to impose sanctions on internet service providers that will fail to stop the proliferation of child pornography, Malacañang announced Tuesday.

Duterte issued the directive during the Cabinet meeting on Monday amid reports that cases of online porn involving minors doubled from 19,000 in 2019 to 47,937 in 2020 — a year marred by the coronavirus pandemic.

The median age of those involved in sexual abuses online is 11, said Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles.

Under the Anti-Child Pornography Act or Republic Act 9775, internet service providers should notify the Philippine National Police or the National Bureau of Investigation within seven days from obtaining facts and circumstances that any form of sexual exploitation against minors is being committed using its server or facility.

“Various reports that reveal a surge in child pornography have caught the President’s attention, which is why he asked the Department of Justice to brief the Cabinet on the matter,” Nograles said in a televised briefing.

“It is clear that the government won’t let more victims of sexual exploration amid the pandemic,” he added.

The Palace official noted that internet service providers should also reserve evidence for investigation and persecution and install available technology to intercept or block access to child porn, as stated under the law.

Nograles said the Cabinet also called on lawmakers to prioritize the passage of bills pending in Congress to amend Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act which seeks to exempt trafficking in persons from the Anti-Wire Tapping Law.

The government is also urging lawmakers to impose obligations on service providers and tourism establishments to destroy child pornography in the Philippines.

The Philippines is one of top sources of child pornography and livestream sexual abuses worldwide, with poverty often fuelling the billion dollar industry, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.

It said around eight out of every 10 Filipino children are at risk of online sexual abuse or bullying.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has earlier raised concerns over reports that students held an online “Christmas sale” of their “sensual” photos and videos to earn money to support online schooling.

The Department of Education, for its part, said it was “deeply alarmed” over reports, adding that it would cooperate with other government agencies to prevent and address pornography among students.

The agency has repeatedly said students are not required to have gadgets or internet connection to participate in distance learning since schools also use printed modules, television, and radio to deliver lessons.

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