Binay orders IACAT to tap telcos vs child porn

Posted at 01/20/2014 5:58 PM

MANILA - Vice President Jejomar C. Binay directed the government’s anti-trafficking council to bolster coordination efforts with other government agencies and telecommunications firms amid the recently uncovered child pornography rings in the country.

Binay, concurrent chairman emeritus of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), said the anti-trafficking council is looking to coordinate with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), which regulates the operations of telecommunications companies.

“We are looking to tap the government’s regulatory body on telecommunications as these child pornography groups operate primarily using the Internet,” Binay said.

He also asked the telecoms’ help. “Any data they can provide to us for authorities to be able to track down these porn syndicates faster would be most welcome,” he said.

Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), a group of Americans, British and Australian law enforcers, recently identified the Philippines as among the top ten countries with widespread online pornography that involved even minors.

The Vice-President said IACAT has been at the forefront of the drive against human trafficking.

“Tingnan n'yo na lang ang record ng IACAT sa human trafficking. Ang dami naming napakulong, natanggal sa pwesto. With pride, we can say na tayo ay nagiging model sa buong mundo,” Binay said.

“There are a lot of officials na pinupuri tayo sa ating program against human trafficking. It remains to be a problem of course, but our efforts are being recognized,” he added.