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Death of our freedom of speech

Just a few days ago, our government has passed a law banning child pornography in the Philippines. What’s wrong with that?

For me, banning child porn is another subtle way of censoring the internet in the Philippines. [1] And, some persons say that this is one way of subjugating ourselves to various international organizations, who sponsored or endorsed the said bill. Others say that this is the “job” of feminists, who want to deny certain rights of Filipino men in some aspects, and by the kinds of Padre Damaso 2.0[2], since Filipinos are still being bullied and harassed by the so-called church in some ways.

I attended a conference last August, and some of the said organizations were participants of the said conference. I felt that the anti-CP law[3] has good intentions, since it is supposed to “protect the children” from those pedos. But you should know that one line from Madonna’s “4 Minutes” which was a decades-old quote.

However, there is nothing to worry for some. The following comment is from a well-known anime site [4] (emphasis mine).

Leaving the discussion about how dumb it is to arrest people for 2D depictions and how this is a very serious threat to freedom of speech aside, I have to point out how utterly stupid this is:
“We used to be a haven for child pornography proliferators and foreign pedophiles, now our country is going to be a safe haven for children.”

Yeah. They really think passing a law will turn a situation from one extreme to another.

Watching too many movies lately, it seems?

I dunno how things happens in Philipines, but I live in Brazil, which is also a known place for sexual exploitation of minors.

And following the international trend, politicians who apparently know nothing about the harsh reality of some countries, also came up with laws similar to those ones.

But you see, NOTHING changed. And I’ll explain why:

The vast majority of child abuse cases happens with tourists and foreigners paying to have sex with minors that are forced to work as prostitutes.. something that happens on the poorest Brazilian states, and also something that always was illegal.
Other than that, most other cases happens at home.

We had only one minor change right after new laws were implemented, but it had nothing to do with the law itself, but with the joint effort of the police force to go after big schemes of child exploitation, which ended in several arrests.

But the law change really did nothing. It only proved what we really need is a better more present police force.

It’s clear, at least in Brazil, that implementing new laws is just a politic move to save face, or pretend they are really making an effort to stop child exploitation.

But if we go to less developed states where the problems are worse, nothing has changed.
You’ll still be able to easily find children selling their bodies in the middle of the street in broad daylight because the police didn’t change their attitude.

The whole loli ban is a scapegoat. It’s just a way for politicians not to go after the real sources and discuss the real problems of society, because that would be way too hard for their peanut sized brains.

It’s easier to go against something that was already stereotyped by the mass media as something evil, even when they have no evidence of that.

The anonymous commentator is right, since the CP ban is just pogi points and politics. Another anonymous commentator thinks that it’s just another version of the Red (Communist) scare in the 1950’s to 1960’s.

To me, pedophilia has become the new red scare. Just as people in the 50’s and 60’s were paranoid that their neighbors could be a potential communist, today people have become paranoid over the fact that there could be pedophiles lurking at every corner.

All for the “safety of children” supposedly.

Another commentator has hopes that the unjust law will be amended or repealed. (Some portions are edited for clarity’s sake)

My only hope is this law is amended properly (definitions, limitations, etc etc.) if the next regime does pick it up, or it gets trashed outright.

They should do something about the poverty first specially after Ondoy (Ketsana?) and a host of other storms hit us before they think about passing a law that even the us could not (probably) enforce.

BTW, how feasible is it to actually monitor every goddam IP (address, he/she may mean ISP or Internet Service Provider) in the country and log every goddam site and download? And then issue a warrant for ALL of them?

Besides, won’t that go against some laws, its like wiretapping isn’t it, which is IIRC illegal, unless there’s a warrant for it, or some shit?

Ouch. To end this post, is a comment from “Fonzer”

The law is a trick to actually get rid of men and bash them for everything, emasculate men and bring huge amounts of money for the government system when prosecuting people mostly in favor of women, even if the women is at fault.

Creating a huge dysfunction in society, families, destroying the lives (of men and women) if used wrong. Society is already dysfunctional enough in america

I say down with this kind of feministic capitalism.
The law is totally OK when it goes against real cases and real people to help them.
But when the law goes beyond that like fiction that doesn’t hurt anyone and promoting to lock up innocent parents for their normal family pictures and creating a huge misunderstanding in society and paranoia, then that society is tend to end up in the path of destruction.

Men are men. When it comes to fiction they are not hurting anyone and are using it as an outlet (some don’t need such stuff at all).

I’d say that people, especially politicians want to get a quick buck. Especially when we’re in a crisis. They want cheap soundbites to please their friends in the media and their supporters, I see no problem with that (except when they mouth off motherland statements, like that cheese-sounding guy from Sorsogon Manila). However, if they try to put barriers to the freedoms of speech, expression, and sexuality, and appease their anti-freedom and anti-Filipino backers by making such laws, then they’re making a big mistake.

First, it’s child pornography. Then, camwhoring. What’s next, bloggers who don’t “fit” their agendas? Are you nuts, Gloria? Are those congress representatives that desperate for that vote? Please, don’t make me drop one sentence from Jose Rizal’s Letter to the women of Malolos and apply it to this damn country.

By the way, have you seen a bunch of young Badjaos going towards jeeps and aiming AK’s at passengers somewhere along Avenida Rizal? (Though that “method” is more effective in taking money than just simple annoyance of tamborines and shit that causes migranes) Fisherfolk blowing up their barangay hall using dynamite, which is used for dynamite fishing? Or a school shooting in one of our schools? No. How about an otaku obsessed with loli [5]? Is he a rapist, obsessed with 14 year-olds? Of course not. If I watched hentai or whatever that is, it will only stimulate masturbation, not forced fornication of some hot chick. What the fuck is wrong with our country?

We should sanely summarize this with three points:

  1. People affected by that law won’t be rapists and pedophiles, it will be people who posses sexually-oriented anime. There’s nothing wrong with it, unless one copies or immitates one of its scenes.
  2. This law is just one of the steps from turning our country from an oasis in the desert of Internet intolerance called Asia into a part of the Great Firewall.
  3. If you have potentially dangerous things or objects, USE IT RESPONSIBLY, and DON’T LET SHIT GO TO YOUR HEAD!

Notes:

[1] According to Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr.  (Cavite), “Kailangan ding parusahan ang mga Internet Service Provider na magbibigay ng access sa mga ganitong kalaswaan. (We should prosecute the Internet Service Providers, who are giving access to such pornographic materials.) We can follow the Chinese or Middle Eastern model where all ISPs are required to block online pornography.” Although he has his good intentions, I assume that China and some Middle Eastern countries are notorious for blocking various sites, most of them due to political reasons. He said this during the height of the “Hayden Camera” controversy, in which a then-famous celebrity doctor (Hayden Kho, Jr.) was involved in videos that feature some famous and infamous entertainment and modelling personalities. Apparently, Senator Revila has another motive – he doesn’t want people to view a rumored sex video with actress Rufa Mae Quinto, which is found somewhere in cyberspace. Obviously, the good Senator wants to “protect” his own interest (indiretly) by giving whatever support he can provide to Katrina Halili, who shouldn’t have fucked with Kho. Subsequently, he was suspended from practising whatever his practice is/was for two years due to the said controversy. (link to what the senator said here)

[2] Padre Damaso 2.0 “represents” a good number of priests, bishops and other church officials, who have a mindset similar to obese (and pedophile) friars in the late Spanish era.

[3] “CP” is an abbreviation for “Child pornography”; see the Urban Dictionary definition

[4] Unless removed (or inaccessible from Philippine territory), the following comments can be found at http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2009/11/20/philippines-life-sentence-for-loli-manga

[5] loli is short for “lolicon” or the Lolita complex, has something to do with porn with 12-18 year old persons, I think; see the Urban Dictionary definition

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