Rama to Caib: Find sex video sellers, stop its spread

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Friday, February 8, 2013

CEBU CITY -- Support from various sectors poured for the female student involved in a sex video, including the city mayor who gave orders to prevent the reproduction and sale of copies of the video.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama ordered the City Anti-Indecency Board (Caib) to go after downtown stall owners who sell copies of the sex video involving two students of two local universities.

Rama said the reproduction and sale of the videos have to stop, adding that it doesn’t even have the consent of the people involved.


The Provincial Women’s Commission (PWC) will even go as far as tapping international agencies like the US Department of Homeland Security to track down the person responsible for uploading the video.

“I wish they (DVD vendors) would not be adding insult to injury because these students have not decided to become bomba stars,” Rama said on Thursday.

When asked if Caib will also have to confiscate other lewd videos and pornographic materials sold in the downtown area, Rama said he would prefer that the group focuses on stopping the spread of the sex video first.

“We should focus on this first because this is what’s being talked about now, because it affects innocent people,” he said.

No more business

In his regular news conference on Thursday, Rama warned those who will be caught selling copies of the sex video that they will no longer be allowed to do business in the city.

“We will not allow them to sell anywhere in the city. We are talking about the morality and the future of our children,” he said.

They will also be penalized, Rama added, since they have violated Republic Act (RA) 9995 or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009.

RA 9995 “prohibits any person from taking a photo or video coverage of a person or group of persons performing sexual acts or any similar activity, or to capture an image of the private area of a person, such as the genitals, pubic area, buttocks or female breast without the consent of the person involved and under circumstances in which the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy.”

Selling, distributing, publishing and broadcasting of such photo or video or recording of sexual act are also prohibited.

A penalty of imprisonment of not less than three years but not more than seven years and a fine of not less than P100,000 but not more than P500,000, or both at the discretion of the court, shall be imposed on any person who violates the law.

Not selling

Vendors of pirated DVDs in downtown Cebu City said they are not selling copies of the sex video.

They said personnel from Cebu City Hall and the police have inspected their stalls and asked them if they sell copies of the video.

A male vendor said he only saw the video on his cell phone and he did not dare make copies of it when the controversy spread last week.

They will be arrested if they did that, said the vendor, who owns a stall on Osmeña Blvd.

Vendors at the Vision Theatre on Colon St. also said they don’t have a copy of the video but have other x-rated DVDs.

At the Capitol, Acting Governor Agnes Magpale, chairman of the PWC, said they are willing to help the 24-year-old student through stress debriefing and psychosocial intervention if she seeks their help.

Magpale said they will tap international agencies like the US Department of Homeland Security to try to trace who uploaded the video on the Internet. (PDF/KAL/FMG/Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 09, 2013.

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