The Philippine government’s move to ban porn sites in the country quoting Republic Act 9775 or the “Anti-Child Pornography Law” is illogical because not all porn sites contain child pornography.

The government’s overgeneralization and faulty understanding stem from the report that Filipinos spend the most time in watching pornographic materials in the internet.

I believe that the government has no business in banning pornographic materials from the internet, especially if such materials fall under  adult-content classification which requires stronger conditions to access.

Banning porn sites for the purpose of preventing exhibition of contents perpetuating child pornography is the weakest possible measure a government could introduce.

Instead, the government should have explored more realistic measures and controls like establishing a more sensitive search and filter engines that could prohibit minors from accessing porn sites, stronger and active surveillance schemes to report any child pornographic contents and most importantly, tougher penalties for violations committed under the Child Pornography Law.

While it is convenient to say that banning porn sites in the Philippines is the cure to end child pornography, yet this measure will end up in Pasig river because the proposed intervention is undemocratic, weak, illogical, and unpractical.

This measure only sugarcoat the government’s failure to curb the increasing rates of child prostitution in the Philippines.

#Mutya

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