‘Barang’ against cyberporn

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Friday, March 21, 2014


CEBU Provincial Board (PB) Member Arleigh Sitoy has warned cybersex operators in Cordova town he will have them cursed to death through “barang,” or witchcraft, if they would ignore his new campaign against cybersex operations.

“Ipabarang ta mo (I will have you cursed to death),” Sitoy said.

Sitoy said Cordova has people practicing “barang.”

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What if the cybersex operators are also barang practitioners? I’m afraid a barang war would erupt in Cordova.

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Sitoy may be the first government official to threaten cyrbersex operators with witchcraft.

Tales of different kinds and modes of barang, all unsubstantiated and unverified, have been around for ages.

There’s “paktol” where death can be slow and painful as needles are pierced on a doll, similar to that scene with Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.

If the target is a cybersex operator, you know where best to pierce the needle.

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Sitoy earlier planned a shame campaign that would identify suspected cybersex dens in Cordova, but Cebu Gov. Junjun Davide and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale said this could violate human rights.

He changed his mind and instead will now post stickers on houses marked, “No to Cybersex, God Bless This Home,” with a drawing of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion beneath the phrase.

I bet the cybersex operators would be the first to post these stickers on their houses.

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Cybersex is committed in the privacy of the homes of perpetrators, beyond the sight of law enforcers and crusaders like Arleigh Sitoy.

Cybersex operators could even use Sitoy’s stickers to cover small holes in their walls.

They cannot be seen by the naked eye, but they could be detected through online sleuthing. Why not give the police the equipment and the training to do it?

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 22, 2014.

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