Student in sex video: Let me graduate

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

CEBU --Depression, shame and fear of what the future might bring are among the consequences being faced by a 24-year-old college student whose sex video with an ex-boyfriend continues to circulate.

“Dili sa ingon nga nagmahay ko ato kay kato na time, amoa ra gyud unta to. Wala mi gatuo na mukatap ug ingon ato. Tawo ra sad mi na masayop (I do not regret what happened. It was supposed to be a private moment. We never thought it would circulate. Being human, we make mistakes),” said Marie (real name withheld).

In an interview with Sun.Star Cebu, the graduating college student said when she heard the news about the video being made public, she prayed and went to confession.


Anyone who copies or distributes videos of a sexual act faces a fine of P100,000 to P500,000 or a jail term of three to seven years, under a 2009 law against photo and video voyeurism.

Both penalties may also be imposed.

Officials of the Cebu Archdiocese see no need to investigate the incident, but are relying on the universities involved to take action.

In the interview, Marie defended her ex-boyfriend, saying the guy’s cellular phone that contained their videos got lost two years ago.

“We broke up two years ago. When we made that video, we decided to delete it, of course, but my boyfriend forgot to delete it until his phone got lost,” Marie said.

The rumor that she had committed suicide because of the incident circulated yesterday, but the student said the thought never crossed her mind.

“Naka commit naman gani ko ug mistake, ako pa pun-an (I have already made a mistake. Why should I add to it)?” she said.


She said she has chosen not to mind if other people judge her because of what happened, but appealed to those circulating the video to stop doing so.

“Dili nana importante kung unsay ipangsulti sa tawo, kung ila ba kong i-discriminate.

Ang importante mahunong na ug spread ang video (What people say is not important. What is important is for that video to stop spreading),” she added.

Marie, the second of three children, said her parents were disappointed but remain supportive of her.

She said she worries more about her studies, as she is scheduled to graduate this March.

“I will wait for my school’s decision. I will accept whatever decision they may impose,” said the student.

Marie asked for help from lawyer Inocencio dela Cerna to represent her and make arrangements with her university.

Dela Cerna talked with the Student Affairs Office (SAO) director yesterday noon, and said the university was sensitive to Marie’s plight.

“I am very hopeful about this since they are a very good Catholic institution and I know they will abide by their principles,” said dela Carna.

“We went to her university to check what we can do for her (Marie) welfare and what will happen to her studies,” he said. The lawyer declined to say what was discussed at the university, but added he was hopeful that a positive outcome would be reached.

Enough, please

Marie added that if the authorities find out who is liable for uploading the video, she may press charges.

“Ako lang gihangyo, palihog idelete nalang unta to nila kay dili gyud lalim. (I ask those who have copies of the video to please delete it.) Please stop passing that video around,” appealed Marie.

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7 has offered to investigate and help stop the video from further circulating.

The video, allegedly shot two years ago, shows two students having sex. In one clip, the girl wears her college uniform and ID. Students of that university were reportedly instructed by the school’s administration not to wear their uniforms starting last Monday, to keep them from being bullied or embarrassed.

CIDG 7 Chief Eddie Benigay said a case for violating Republic Act 9995, or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009, and RA 9262, or the Anti-Violence against Women and Their Children Act of 2004, can be filed against the culprit who uploaded the video. (Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 07, 2013.

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