Telcos support gov’t vs online child pornography

    A group of local telecommunications companies stated their support for the government’s fight against child pornography on the Internet.

    In a position paper publicized by Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra, the Philippine Chamber of Telecom Operators (PCTO) mentioned that its members would keep blocking child pornographic websites as part of their duties under the Republic Act (RA) 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009.

    “(The) PCTO condemns child pornography as a reprehensible crime that should be rightfully curtailed by the state. Blocking of unlawful content is a state duty, which ISPs support,” the group said.

    Members of PCTO have been actively working with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and law enforcement agencies, including the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), by blocking child pornography sites.

    Globe Telecom, a member of PCTO, has blocked a total of 2,521 sites identified by the NTC and law enforcement agencies.

    Through its Cyber Security Operations Group (CSOG), PLDT and its consortium, Smart Communications, the PNP and NBI have been aggressively looking and blocking child pornography sites.

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