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    Philippines: We'll fight child porno

    THE Philippine government on Sunday called on the Filipinos to support its fight against child pornography and exploitation following reports of human trafficking involving minors.
    Speaking for the government, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said the government has solid legal basis in fulfilling its commitment to protect children from exploitation, including that by child pornography syndicates.
    Citing Act No. 1670, the first child welfare-related law passed on July 8, 1907 and the Child and Youth Welfare Code of 1974, Coloma said the commitment to protect children is mandated by the Philippine Constitution and international treaties.
    "The Philippines' commitment to protect children from exploitation is mandated by our Constitution and by our compliance with the standards of the United Nations and other international organizations as well as laws passed by our Congress," he told the state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan (People’s Radio).
    Coloma also said the Philippines ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children in 1990, adding that the country’s laws value the responsibility of parents and the roles of the family, the home, the community, the Church, and government.
    “The protection extends to all children, including dependents, those that are neglected, and those with disabilities,” he pointed out.
    Coloma said an Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) headed by the Vice President with the Department of Justice as the lead agency has been set up while the Philippine National Police has units set up to combat transnational and cybercrimes.
    He also said the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) is going after cyber-pornography rings in Metro Manila, Angeles City, Cagayan de Oro City, and Cebu.
    "Child pornography and child abuse fall under the mandates of IACAT because these offenses exploit children and make them tools of trade)," he said.
    Meanwhile, Coloma called on citizens to support the government fight against child pornography and exploitation.
    "Let us not allow our children to be exploited by these criminal syndicates," Coloma concluded.
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