RH Law to battle cyber porn - PNoy

Posted at 01/26/2014 3:12 PM

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III pitched anew the Reproductive Health Law, saying recent developments already call for the imposition of the measure that was halted by the Supreme Court.

“It’s happening, it’s a reality…the cybersex issue today. Is that not connected also? Two parents not able to adequately [respond to needs of their children]. Can I just say, ‘I see nothing, I will say nothing, I will not hear anything’? I couldn’t live [then] with my conscience,” he told ABS-CBN’s "Bottomline."

The Catholic church and Malacanang are at odds over the law, that was recently stopped by the Supreme Court.

The President said his mother, the late President Corazon Aquino, could have swayed the Church with a better formula to break the impasse. “With me, I tried [reaching out to the Church],” he said.

More than a week ago, a joint effort from police around the world dismantled a pedophile ring that streamed live sexual abuse of Filipino children, some as young as 6, via the Internet.

Some of the children's parents were also allegedly involved the cases.

The rescue is part of Operation Endeavour, whereby British police works alongside counterparts in the Philippines and Australia.

The Church had a different take, however, with Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo saying that Internet pornography patronage is due in part to the RH Law.

In a report from the CBCP News, Pabillo lamented the “culture of addiction,” which he blamed on the promotion of condoms, contraceptives, and the RH law itself.