MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Risa Hontiveros on Thursday urged the imposition of harsher penalties towards netizens who post lewd and illicit photographs of ladies and youngsters on social media.
In her name for passage the of Anti-Gender Based Online Violence Law, Hontiveros proposes a penalty of imprisonment of between 5 and 10 years towards violators. She additionally desires them to pay a nice of from P100,000 to P500,000.
The Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009, handed in response to a sequence of leaked intercourse movies involving celebrities, already penalizes taking and distributing movies or pictures of sexual acts and “of the private area of a person/s such as the naked or undergarment clad genitals, public area, buttocks or female breast without the consent of the person/s involved and under circumstances in which the person/s has/have a reasonable expectation of privacy.”
Violation of that legislation carries a penalty of from three to seven years in jail and a nice of P100,000 to P500,000.
The transfer was sought in gentle of reviews of “secret groups” on Facebook and different social media platforms that actively post and share obscene photographs of ladies and youngsters. In the key teams, which bear foolish however innocuous names like “Pastor Hokage Bible Study,” members, largely males, use phrases like “Amen” to precise their approval for obscene photographs and sexist posts of ladies and minors.
Hontiveros, who can be chair of the Senate Committee on Women, vowed to probe the teams and maintain these behind them accountable.
“These Facebook Hokage Pastor Groups have no right to enjoy our internet freedom only to abuse our women and children. We will unmask all these mysogynists, prosecute them to the full extent of the law and hold them accountable,” Hontiveros mentioned.
The senator mentioned she has already coordinated with Facebook, pro-women netizens, and the National Bureau of Investigation concerning the difficulty.
“We should put an finish to this on-line locker room discuss, which is a manifestation of the tradition of misogyny and commodification of ladies prevalent in our nation proper now,” Hontiveros mentioned.
“Together with our marketing campaign to make our streets and houses secure areas for our ladies and youngsters, we’ll do the identical in the realm of social media. We will give no quarter to misogyny and sexism whether or not they’re on-line or off,” she added.
Gabriela Women’s Party earlier condemned the key teams and sought the general public’s assist in taking the pages and teams down.
On Wednesday, NBI Cybercrime Division chief Martini Cruz suggested the general public in an interview on radio dzMM to be cautious of the data and photographs they post on-line.
“Ang ipinapayo po natin sa residents natin, huwag naman silang post nang post ng details about themselves, contact quantity, deal with. Saka iwasan nilang magse-selfie nang kung minsan naliligo naka-one piece, two piece,” Cruz mentioned. — Rosette Adel