Anti-“Hentai” Bill Now Law

Anti-Hentai Bill Now Law

I was out of the country covering an international anime convention when this happened: President Arroyo has signed the Anti-Child Pornography bill into law.

The law will not only penalize persons in possession of “any representation, whether visual, audio or written combination thereof, by electronic, mechanical, digital, optical, magnetic or any other means, of a child engaged or involved in real or simulated explicit sexual activity”, it also requires cybercafe owners to police users for their browsing habits.

Tarlac Rep. Monica Teodoro — the principal author of Republic Act 9775, has stated her pleasure over the passing of the law on her very first term in the House of Representatives. Rep. Teodoro is the chairperson of the House committee on the welfare of children. She will not be running for re-election, in order to help her husband former Defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro Jr., in his bid for the Presidency.

At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist, there appears to be a fair amount of political finagling and mutual back-scratching involved in the unusually speedy passing of the new law. The mere fact that this law was authored by a “future First Lady” (which I hope will never come to fruition) is enough to get my hackles raised.

As for the law itself — personally, I do not purchase nor collect CP, and I am all for the prosecution of pedophiles and child pornographers exploiting real children. Nevertheless, I am still shocked and incensed at the ill-defined, all-encompassing nature of the law — allowing it to prosecute people with the legal equivalent of “if it looks like a duck, it probably is a duck”.

Pretty soon they’ll start confiscating our laptops, throttling our internet connections, and seizing our DVD and comic book imports in the guise of “protecting the children” — children who, I’d love to point out, are not even real. MARTIAL LAW ISDATCHU?!

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Retsu says:

    Plain stupidity by a “future first lady. That’s all.

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  2. Yukeh says:

    Imho, some law is still better than none, even if it’s half-witted. Maybe it will put people who prey on kids in jail. It’s an annoyance to us at most, maybe a vague fear at worst, but in the grander scheme of things, does that really matter?

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  3. if used accordingly — sure, it’s great. but the philippines does not exactly have a great track record in arresting the right people. they might use the new law to prosecute small-time offenders for the sake of making arrests, but i doubt they will have the political will to go after the real sex offenders and child pornographers. just take a look at ROMEO JALOSJOS having his jail sentence shortened, and then receiving full pardon afterward. anyway — that’s probably just the cynic in me talking. i wish i had your cautious optimism about the law finally being able to tackle the huge problem with child prostitution.

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  4. Sese says:

    Wow. Why am I so doubtful that they will be able to pull all of this off?

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  5. Bryan :D says:

    Well, i agree that child pornography is abundant in our country. But they should be more focused on poverty that is the main cause of all crimes here. In other words, this law is just the “palusot” of our President on all of her controversies.

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  6. Suomynnona says:

    yet another sign of excellence in political stupidity.

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  7. Ady001 says:

    So this is censorship? Bah humbug! I love Comic Lo and I support Love Is Peachy! (google those…)

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  8. Person says:

    THE COPS ARE AFTER US!!!

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    1. judging by the way things are going, it’s been over a year since the law was passed, and zero arrests — so, carry on >:D

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  9. I will be happy if it will be approved by the Philippine law . . . . It has bad influence for the boys to rape young girls

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    1. rape is a complex crime brought about by family upbringing, mental disease, drug addiction, and other factors — i doubt watching a racy video is the sole reason people commit it. please do a bit more academic reading before making such a generalized statement.

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  10. Omicr0m says:

    As a matter of fact, it does influence people on having a far more self-destructive life, than those kids who aren’t exposed to hentai that depicts, rape, violations and incest. Noone can deny that kid-looking hentai is not normal, and will never be. If there are people interested in this kind of things, is because of a personal issue regarding the sexual subject, thre is no other explanation to it, i guarantee it since i have known many people who are into loli (Both boys and girls).
    That particular is of benefit? Yes it is. Any law intended to protect kids is good and will have my complete support, even if it means to never see kid-looking hentai draws.
    And yes, countrys should be aware of what people watches on their computers, but to a certain limit, since it would be a particular agreement between internet users and the gobernment. ¿Or what, are you all afraid that bill gates realizes you are using a non-paid version of windows? ¿Or that you download a bazillion songs and pay nothing all the people who live from the music they produce? Internet has already reached the point where artist freely expose their work, and you can download for free that content.

    I don’t see why yall complaining, greedy fappers.

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    1. And yes, countrys should be aware of what people watches on their computers, but to a certain limit, since it would be a particular agreement between internet users and the gobernment. ¿

      Omicr0m, did read the entire series of posts on the subject? it looks like you only focused on one part of the story, and not the entire issue.

      we are not decrying the control of material that depict minors in a sexual context — we are decrying the wholesale banning of animated adult content regardless of whether it shows children or consenting adults.

      we are against this on the principle that if you give the government control over one thing, they will take over everything — lock, stock, and barrel. i suggest you read george orwell’s 1984, as this is a possible outcome of the scenario wherein you give the government control over personal decisions by private individuals.

      Or what, are you all afraid that bill gates realizes you are using a non-paid version of windows? ¿Or that you download a bazillion songs and pay nothing all the people who live from the music they produce? Internet has already reached the point where artist freely expose their work, and you can download for free that content.

      what does software piracy have to do with this topic? you sir, are a classic case of false emphasis — if you don’t know what that is (the same way you have no idea what a “dystopian society” is) then google it. add to that your ad hominem attack on us “complaining, greedy fappers”, and i am inclined not to lend value to your ideas and comments.

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    2. anceo says:

      According to your logic,video games and films which depicts any form of violence or artistic license should be ban.Those fapper are not greedy but you are the fanatical moral guardian which can’t tell the difference between fiction and real life.Ban hentai will not do any good because there no harm done to real life people(the law should protect REAL LIFE people from harm not fictional ones).People should know that these are work of fiction therefore don’t try it in real life(a lot of people don’t commit mass murder after playing video game).Crime rate of Japan is lower than Philippines.The government should focus on real life crimes rather than wasting time and resources on these harmless things.

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    3. anceo says:

      Government should focus on real life crimes not wasting time and resources on fictional ones.

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  11. Repealthelaworreviseit says:

    An ink or drawing in any form does not have human rights

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  12. james says:

    7 years on, is this an issue? (Serious question, or common sense is applied to this and that not all duck lookalikes and quackers are pressumed to be ducks?)

    I think some people just need to be constantly reminded that this is just fantasy and not to be so engrossed with it.

    Horny toad problems? Show them the heavy burdens of having kids first hand. Show them what STDs are like and how this can affect them. This should be enough to get them to think twice before doing risky things in real life. Stupidity (not knowing about something) can easily be cured with targeted education and advice.

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