Child advocacy group raises concerns over dangers of trending photo challenge
Aileen Cerrudo • September 28, 2020 • 137
A children advocacy group warned against the dangers of participating in trending photo challenges on social media.
Save the Children Philippines CEO Atty. Alberto Muyot said cyber criminals target photos and videos of children online to sell them or upload on pedophile sites.
“Mayroon nga pong mga samples na nagpapakita ng photo ng kanilang anak na bata nililIguan and then suddenly kumalat na iyon doon sa sites ng mga pedophiles as part ng sex trafficking ng mga bata, child pornography, (There were instances where they uploaded a photo of their child bathing and then suddenly it became viral in pedophile sites as part of child sex trafficking, child pornography),” he said.
Muyot also lamented that the Philippines has become the center of online sexual exploitation of children in the world. Based on the data of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Cybercrime Division, the number of sexual images of Filipino children in social media sites increased from 45,645 in 2017 to around 600,000 in 2019.
“We are sure na ngayong na babad na babad po ang mga bata, mga tao, adults, doon po sa internet at tataas pa po iyong numbers (We are sure that the number would further increase given that children and adults these days are spending more time online),” Muyot said.
Authorities advise the public to immediately report any information regarding cybercrime activities to the following:
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has recommended the deportation of the Chinese woman who went viral for hitting a traffic enforcer and a biker in Makati City.
Immigration acting spokesperson Melvin Mabulac reiterated that foreign nationals staying in the Philippines should also follow the law. There will be no special treatment and no exceptions for them, Mabulac said.
“Hindi po ibig sabihin ay isang dayuhan siya ay may espesyal siyang batas. Kung ano ang batas na pinatutupad po sa isang ordinaryong Pilipino, dapat sundin po ng kahit sino pang dayuhan na nandito sa ating bansa, (It does not mean that foreign nationals have a special law. The law followed by an ordinary Filipino should also be followed by any foreign national here in the country),” he said.
Authorities have also discovered that the Chinese woman identified as Dong Li is only under a tourist visa and has not followed the necessary requirements to update her status. The Immigration cited overstaying and disrespect to authority as grounds for deporting Dong.
“Basically, dalawa po ang tinitingnan natin. Siya po ay overstaying at the same time, iyong undersirability. Klarong-klaro naman po doon sa social media, at naging viral pa naman, iyong disrespect sa authority. Bawal na bawal po iyan (Basically, we are looking into two (violations). She is overstaying and, at the same time, there is undesirability. It is clear in the viral post on social media that she disrespected a person of authority. That is prohibited),” Mabulac said.
The agency already recommended to their legal division the filing of appropriate cases for Li’s deportation. –AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
The woman who was caught in a viral video was arrested by the Caloocan City Police and is facing charges for violating quarantine protocols.
According to Caloocan City Police Chief PCol. Dario Menor, Mikaela Tahum is facing charges of Alarm and Scandal, Unjust Vexation, Resistance and Disobedience to a Person in Authority, and for violating the City Ordinance on face masks.
In the viral video, Tahum was trying to enter Barangay 156 in Bagong Barrio but was blocked by the police since the said area was under total lockdown. She was also seen not wearing a mask.
Tahum kept insisting, saying she only needed to hand over a bag to someone living in the area.
“Iaabot nga lang (I am just going to hand this over). Wala akong paki sayo, sino ka ba (I don’t care about you, who do you think you are)?” she told a policeman in the video.
Menor said they verified that Tahum was not an authorized person outside residence (APOR).
“Kitang-kita naman na wala siyang mask. Then nung vinerify kung APOR siya, it turned out na unauthorized person outside residence siya kasi hindi naman siya essential workforce (She clearly wasn’t wearing a mask. Then when we verified if she was an APOR, it turned out that sh wasn’t because she is not a part of the essential workforce),” he said.
Meanwhile, the Caloocan City Police Chief also reminds the public to adhere to quarantine protocols and abide by the law. —AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
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