Battle of wits

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By Godofredo M. Roperos

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014


WHAT occurred to me immediately when I came upon the reported “cyber porn” activities in Cordova town was the clash between the good and the evil in our present social milieu. There is a real need for us to assume our common responsibility to protect the moral ascendancy of the people in the face of advances in our communications technology that tend to debunk our moral values as Filipinos.

The report said that the social perversion has already victimized some 61 persons in the Metro Cebu community, and many of them are minors, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The core of the problem here is the easy returns of the “business” that appears harmless to the proprietors who are actually parents of the children used in the porn show.

Concerned social leaders and municipal officials are allegedly at wits end trying to find ways or develop strategies to contend with the problem. The families of the children are being paid quite well by the foreign “audience” who are acting as the customers.

This is the key to the immoral industry: the lucrative returns to the people who also are in need of the cash that they earn from the industry, which amount they would not otherwise be able to earn that easily.

An official of the DSWD reportedly revealed the number of victims of the cyber pornography in the Cordova, which is practically just “a stone’s throw” away from Cebu City across the Mactan channel.

But the town government is said to be working truly hard to control the illegal and immoral industry that could eventually destroy the lives of the children. In the face of the luscious cash returns, the work would be hard.

One of the solutions THAT might just dent, if not succeed to do away with the problem is to keep a close eye on the money-transfer activity in the town from foreign sources. This is clearly the movement of the money from abroad as payment from clients of the cyber-sex show.

The ordinance seeks to require money transfer firms to report to the authorities “suspicious” money transactions in the town or city, in order to curb money supply to the cybersex business.

As consequence of the notoriety of the cyber-porn inustry here, the Philippines is reportedly listed high in the classification of the human trafficking operation.

A government official revealed that the government of Cebu has been working closely with the British, American, and Australian police to “break a pedophile ring in the Philippines that has been streaming online live scenes of child abuse. The joint effort resulted in curtailing growth of child-trafficking here.

Cyber porn is one issue that has really put our level of morality to be an issue, not merely as a domestic concern but has indeed, become an international one. It is somehow becoming a sort of battle of wits between our social responsibility as a nation, and state of our moral values as a people, and a member of the human global community.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 30, 2014.

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