Who is Enabling Heinous Crimes against Children?

Fr. Shay Cullen   11 August 2017

How can it be that a child, eight years old, can seriously sexually abuse a three-year old if he did not see such lewd acts being performed? Well, that is what happened in a town south of Cebu and it seems that the eight-year old boy was allowed to surf the internet in a computer shop in an arcade and was able to view child or adult pornography. He is just one of many, according to a social worker. The adults running the internet shop in the arcade and in malls have to be held responsible. It is illegal and morally wrong to allow children access to the internet on computers that have no filters and no pornography blocking software. The Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009 otherwise known as RA 9775 mandates this.

It is clear that the anti-child pornography and child protection laws are not known, respected or being enforced in the Philippines. In most countries, it is a serious crime for anybody to access, possess or share illegal images of children. Philippine inspectors may be corrupt and getting paid off by the internet shop managers. For sure, the Internet Server Providers (ISPs), the telecommunications companies that provide internet access, are not implementing the law. The officials of the National Telecommunications Commission are allegedly not doing their job enforcing the law. Are they in cahoots with the ISP corporations? The commissioner is supposed to report directly to the President. Now that there will be free public Internet access who will control the child pornography?

Children and young people are damaged by pornography driving an eight-year old to abuse on a three year old (www.preda.org). Their positive understanding of a female as a person to be respected and untouched is, after exposure to pornography, damaged. They see the female as an object to be abused for personal satisfaction. Pornography is destroying the personality, human development and the future of the children to have a normal relationship when they grow older. Above all there is the life-long trauma suffered by the victim-survivors.

This is a serious social and psychological problem and it is widespread and growing around the world wherever there is Internet. It is driving the increase in rape and incest. It is a grave threat to the well being of children and youth. There is little government or NGO response to combat it. The sexual abuse of children is directly connected to the availability of child porn on the Internet. But also the bad example of adults sexually abusing children in the home is worst of all .The perverted acts are surely known to the younger children in families. The young boys will get the lesson that it is approved behavior because the adult male does it and rarely is the crime reported. Frequently, the mother or relatives do not intervene or report the abuse. But it is widespread and frequent and one in three girls are victims of sexual abuse and one in six boys.

According to one report in UCAN, “children make up 77 percent of rape survivors in the Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country, and the crime occurs at a rate of two every minute. Midyear 2015 data released by the national police showed rape cases surging 63.5 percent to 8,288 from 5,069 recorded in the first six months of 2014.” It is estimated that the reported cases will double by 2017.
Many young people are addicted to watching pornography on the Internet and also violent computer war games and assassination where women are abused. The exposure to such violence desensitize the children and youth to the fact that they are practicing crimes on-line and it makes it all too easy for them to be violent in real life and to condone and approve violent solutions for every problem. This leads to violence in the home and even sexual violence if the games are sexually orientated. Perhaps that is why so many Filipinos approve the human trafficking into the sex industry and the killing of suspects in the President’s war-on-drugs. It has official approval and in a hierarchal society like the Philippines, people unthinkingly follow the leader whoever he may be.

The internet is the greatest communication tool ever invented but this technology is both a blessing and a curse by misuse. The greatest sinners besides the immoral and unscrupulous internet shops are the Internet Server Providers that enable children easy, uncontrolled internet surfing by anybody even children especially when the law says there must be blocking software to stop child pornography.

If you search the websites of the major Internet Server Providers, you will find it hard to see any reference to an anti-child pornography policy or a statement saying they comply with the law RA 7995. The law orders the ISPs to install blocking software and filters on their servers but apparently they don’t. The spread of child pornography and the growth of cybersex crime can be laid at their door. They have a case to answer.

When the heinous crimes of children being sexually abused online by live streaming for money are sent through the Internet Server Providers, we ask who are the real enablers of child abuse,? Who are the real criminals?

Lecture Series in Political Science: Water or Gold?

July 26, 2017 (Wednesday)
Function Room, Faber Hall, Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City

 In March 2017, after a decade of protest by community groups protecting their watersheds, EI Salvador became the first nation on earth to pass a total legislative ban on metals mining. EI Salvador also beat back a lawsuit in a World Bank tribunal by a large mining company, Oceana Gold, which also mines in the northern Philippines. Based on extensive research and policy work on this case at local, national, and global levels, Broad and Cavanagh will analyze both wins. They will explore the factors that led to this historic lawsuit and ban, what other countries are moving in this direction, and what the Philippines can learn from this experience.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

John Cavanagh is the Director of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. He will speak on other countries taking steps and implications for the Philippines.

Robin Broad is professor of international development at the American University in Washington, D.C. She is a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow for 2017-2018. She will speak on Salvador becoming the first country to ban metals mining.

Both have been researching the Philippines for four decades and are co-authors of several books, including “Plundering Paradise: The Struggle for the Environment in the Philippines,” and “Development Redefined: How the Market Met its Match.” They helped facilitate the visit of Nueva Vizcaya governor, Carlos Padilla, to EI Salvador in March 2017, when that country passed its historic ban on metals mining. 

For further inquiries, you may contact the Department of Political Science at telephone no. 426-6001 local 5250.

The Philippines Is Not Really a Catholic Nation

Posted by The Society of Honor on July 7, 2017 · 240 Comments

By Joe America

Does it praise Jesus when notables pray for a Duterte/Marcos win? (Photo source: zeibiz.com)

Occasionally, I write an article that is intended mainly to provoke discussion. Why? Usually because I am confused and the discussion that follows the article helps me sort out my ideas.

This is one of those articles.

About 86% of the Philippine population belongs to the Catholic Church (Center for Global Education). The Catholic Church promotes the teachings of Jesus and the compassion of Mary. It is a ritualistic Church that has a well-structured worship, kneeling, chanting and singing, communion, holy rituals, holidays celebrating the birth or death of Jesus (his rising, actually), and others. Churches can be a simple hollowblock room or a cathedral, but all are elegant for the statues, candles, linens, and quiet holiness found within. Priests are for the most part pious. Women play a subordinate roll. Some of the Church doctrines go against modern social conventions: the Catholic Church objects to family planning, gay marriage, and equality for women.

It is a church of discipline, and yet a forgiving church. This is awkward because the forgiving makes a lot of the discipline meaningless. We’ve published articles here in the past about the dangers of forgiveness and the restraints imposed by doctrine: (“Does Catholicism make us more tolerant of corruption?“, by Andrew Lim). But I’ll go even further than that for what has developed this past year.

I have come to the conclusion that the Philippines is not really a Catholic nation after all. I’ve learned from a whole lot of Bible study in my lifetime that neither Jesus nor Mary would allow followers to engage in the wanton killing of one human being, much less 10,000.

But death is out of control in the Philippines in 2017. And the Catholic Church, it’s congregation, and its priests, are largely quiet about it. I’m not sure any tears have been shed, except among the families and priests of the dead, up close.

I can’t help but think that a REAL Catholic nation would be weeping for each child left fatherless, each woman widowed, each innocent sent to heaven or hell without last rites, and each drug addict not granted the possibility of forgiveness and resurrection, or a chance to find a constructive place in Philippine society.

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