Senator Imee Marcos filed an inquiry into the accountability of telcos and Internet service providers (ISPs) linked to the surge of online child sexual abuse cases.
Marcos filed Senate Resolution No. 487, citing that telcos and ISPs seem to be lacking in their duty to report cases of online sexual abuse, and implement technology that detects and blocks contents involving photos and live images of child pornography sold online.
“What preventive measures have our telcos and ISPs taken to block avenues of exploitation like online gaming, chat groups, phishing email, and other unsolicited contacts on social media?” Marcos asked.
The senator stressed that the Senate must investigate how the cases in March to May alone tripled to about 260,000 from a year earlier as reported by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
“Even the protection of various laws now appears thin and needs to be reinforced, so that our telcos and ISPs take their responsibilities more seriously,” she added.