Remulla warns ISPs: Help us or face charges

August 24, 2022 Hector Lawas 314 views

JUSTICE Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla on Wednesday warned Internet service providers (ISPs) to cooperate in the government’s campaign to stop the online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC), or face charges.

“Ang sabi ko… ‘pag hindi nag-cooperate ang mga ISPs… there’s a pattern na lumulusot sa kanila, we will also include them in the people who will be charged for online sexual exploitation,” Remulla said. “We are that serious…”

At the same time, he also urged ISPs to strengthen their “filters” in their system to prevent the proliferation of OSEC on the worldwide web.

“Dapat makiisa sila sa movement na ito at itigil at i-filter ang ganitong mga content para hindi na makarating kahit saan,” Remulla said.

Also, Remulla said that he will ask cyber experts in the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Philippine National Police (PNP) to deal with the “dark web”.

“Of course, we have to deal with the dark web. But we know how to deal with it.

We have the experts and the NBI, the PNP crime lab, the cyber lab ng PNP and the NBI that can deal with this,” Remulla said.

The DOJ came up with recommendations last year, which were approved by then President Rodrigo Duterte – in a bid to stop the online sexual exploitation of children in the country.

The recommendations are as follows:

1. Direct the National Telecommunications Commission [NTC] to impose sanctions on internet service providers for failure to fulfill their duties under RA 9775 (The Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009);

2. Issue an executive order strengthening cooperation among the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), the Inter-Agency Council Against Child Pornography (IACACP), and other relevant agencies;

3. Certify as a priority the passage of bills amending the anti-trafficking in person act, so that human trafficking, particularly sexual exploitation of children, will be exempt from the provisions of the Anti-wire Tapping Law; and

4. Provide more personnel and funding to the IACAT.