Palace warns parents who sell their kids to porn rings

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The government will go after parents who subject their children to any form of sexual abuse, including online pornography, Malacañang said Saturday.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda warned parents not to peddle their children to sex syndicates, adding that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) can take action against them.

Lacierda aired the warning after an online child pornography ring centered in the Philippines was busted in a joint operation by several countries.

Some of the children who were victimized were forced by their parents to work in cybersex dens.


“We would like to remind the parents that it is the mandate of the DSWD to take appropriate actions against parents who are not being helpful to their children. They cannot use their children as source of income, more so if it is an illicit income,” Lacierda said in a radio interview.

He said the government will go after the protectors of syndicates who sexually abuse children.

“We will certainly pound the hammer, ask (Justice) Secretary [Leila] de Lima and the NBI [National Bureau of Investigation] to go after these criminals,” Lacierda stressed.
He said the police has stepped up efforts to detect and apprehend members of sex syndicates.

“Our tourism slogan is more fun in the Philippines, and we mean fun in a positive way, a place where tourists can bring their family to have fun, not to engage in illegal activities that affect the minors,” Lacierda said.

“The youth is the future of our nation. We don’t want their future destroyed. Children should not be made to do sexual acts,” he added.

For Gabriela Reps. Luz Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus, the absence of livelihood opportunities and government’s “neglect” of typhoon and disaster victims make women and girls easy prey for traffickers, cybersex operators and pimps.

“The urgency with which this issue must be addressed cannot be emphasized enough as a growing number of young women and girls become increasingly vulnerable to gender violence,” the lawmakers said in a statement.

“Women and their families are practically left with no choice. We are hard-pressed in stopping cybersex dens if there is lack of livelihood,” they added.

The Akap Bata Sectoral Organization urged President Benigno Aquino 3rd to address the problem of child pornography.

Akap Bata said that online and recorded pornography involving children has been one of the major local concerns that resulted in the passage of the Anti-Child Pornography Law in 2009.

“If President Aquino really wants to end this worst form of abuse against our children and in order to stop the growing cottage industry of child pornography in the country, his administration must show some teeth in strongly implementing the existing child porn law and set an example by convicting culprits and masterminds,” Arlene Brosas, the group’s national secretary-general, said in a statement.

“Compared to other countries, child porn cases in the Philippines will get worse if the government will do nothing significant about the poor justice system and the system of impunity that we have here. Our lack of an effective system that will protect our own children serves as an open invitation to criminal syndicates and child sex offenders to continue their operations in the country,” Brosas said.

She challenged Aquino to address poverty, saying it is the reason children become victims of pornography.

“The economic hardships being passed on by the government to the already burdened shoulders of poor Filipino families, like the rising costs of prices of basic commodities and services, demolition of their homes, meager wages and many others make the families and their children more vulnerable to cyber pornography,” Brosas said.

RH law also to blame
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo blames the Reproductive Health (RH) law for the spread of pornography.

In an interview on Radio Veritas, Pabillo said government cannot stop the rise of internet pornography if it does not teach the sacredness of sex.

He warned that this “culture of addiction” will surge because of the government’s promotion of condoms, contraceptives and its support for the RH law opposed by the Church.

“You cannot counter pornography if you do not show the value of sex, that it is not a game, it is sacred, it has a purpose and should not be indiscriminately promoted even to minors,” he said.

“It is saddening that the government said it would combat pornography but it itself promotes pills and condoms that encourages relationships outside marriages and extra marital affairs. It is not right and they should be consistent,” Pabillo added.

With Robertzon f. Ramirez

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  1. David i think you are totaly out of order in saying the philippine slogan ” more fun in the philippines ” was aimed at the sex industry especially child sex, i dont think for a second the government would attach more fun to child sex, i think there is something wrong with you in thinking like that.
    Now if they find any parent selling their under age children to the sex industyr they should either be put to death or jailed for life. I would show them no mercy at all.

  2. Women and children exploitation has been a society menace but only now is Abnoy’s administration paying it lip service because of, again, international revelations. So more motherhood statements from do nothing Malacanang. Kung talagang you care, Mr. Pesident, you would have acted on this long before. Your bullshit slogan, more fun in the philippines, is so demeaning to the victims of exploitation.

  3. It is a fact throughout the world porngraphy activities were supressed helped by the child abuse by church priests.in the Catholic church in particular. If you supress something it will still be there but hidden so it makes it difficult to tackle it and have a better chance of eradicating it. Banning use of condoms – birth pills is a ridiculous and religious stupidty. Almost evil.
    .Carholic preists in the P;pines should look at themselves and ask “why is my country so poor? Why is it the birth rate in the P;pines just about the highest in the world and at the same still a 3rd world country after all these years of Catholic domination and brain washing women to think they should have children like on a conveyor belt so the Preists themselves have more chance of filling their congregations and abuse more children.Far better to have adult pornography so grown up people can express themselves sexually as opposed to keep producing children into poverty which also exists at a higher level in the Phippines than eslewhere.. .