Philippines Government Starts Blocking Adult Sites
NTC Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarios said that all ISPs were given the directive to remove access from porn sites.
"Yes, upon the request of law enforcement agencies and the interagency council against child pornography," Cabarios told CNN.
Martin Andanar, Philippines President Duterte's press secretary, said that “these porn sites should really be banned because they are being used by pedophiles and other people who subscribe to child pornography sites.”
“We don’t want our youth and even the adults to be addicted to lewd videos shown in the internet,” Andanar said.
Jean Franco, a Columbia University gender studies professor, told CNN that a blanket ban on porn sites in the Philippines might be ineffective in curbing child pornography.
The new policy, Franco said, compromises the rights of adults of their freedom of expression and information. She suggested leaders should focus on sex education and teach students the adverse effects of child pornography.
"Of course, the government just wants to implement the law, but then the danger is that it may not be efficient. People will still reinvent and go around the technology," she said.