Police launch signature drive vs child pornography

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Thursday, March 20, 2014


THE Philippine National Police Anti-cyber Crime Group (PNP-ACG) launched a one million signature campaign to protect the children against cybercrimes such as pornography, cyber-abuse and cyber-exploitation.

In the PNP-ACG summit tagged "Safeguarding our Children from Internet Dangers" held at Camp Crame on Thursday, PNP-ACG Director Senior Superintendent Gilbert Sosa said they will collect one million signatures nationwide to tighten the campaign against the serious problem on cybercrime particularly child pornography in the country.

Recent global findings have placed the Philippines as among the top 10 countries with rampant cyber pornography activities victimizing boys and girls aged 10 to 14.

Marissa Consejo, 43, mother of two, said lawmakers should indulge themselves in proposing laws, which will protect the young minds from being exposed to malicious activities such as child pornography.

"Kung ano-ano ang inaasikaso nila, nandun na may pambasang tsinelas, pambansang sasakyan. They don't see na may mas mahalagang batas na dapat ginagawa katulad ng mga ganito," she said.

"May mga anak din sila kaya dapat 'yung mga ganitong batas ang tinututukan nila," Rowelle Subido, 50, father of four, added.

Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) said collected signatures will be submitted in Congress to push the lawmakers prioritize the program, which will give a concrete protection to the young minds against child pornography.

Sosa also said the PNP-ACG and NTC partnered with Globe Telecom, Non- government organization, stakeholders and educators to go to the provinces and schools to spread the awareness on the correct use of the internet most especially the social networking sites to avoid being a victim of cyber-crime.

"We will be teaching a lot of cyber-ethics. We have our materials prepared to increase the awareness of everybody against cybe-crime," he said. (Sunnex)

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