Pers urges drive vs porno materials display downtown PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 January 2011 11:56

First-term Councilor Percival Ramos has called on concerned authorities to step up campaign against pornographic materials openly displayed in various video rental stalls and sidewalks downtown.

Ramos formalized his request through a resolution which was unanimously approved by the City Council Wednesday. He cited existing laws against pornography as well as policies instituted by the Optical Media Board (OMB).

The youthful councilor lamented that many video rental stores and even sidewalk stalls rampantly display their wares by the roadsides exposing minors to pornographic materials.

Such practice, he said, has been observed and brought to his attention by numerous groups including the religious sector.

Exposing minors and children to indecent and obscene materials is inimical to the development of children, according to Ramos.

The resolution, coursed through the Office of the City Mayor, specifically calls on the police, the local OMB and other concerned agencies to immediately take sustained action to stop the malpractice.
“If need be, apprehensions should be effected so that this activity will be stopped,” he said.

Ramos admitted though that similar pornographic materials can be accessed through the internet. However, he said a huge percentage of the children or the under-aged population has access to the internet but the display on sidewalks and market alleys and other public places is a different thing, as minors or under-aged children either returning from schools or strolling downtown are able to steal glances at such scenes.

He stressed that Immediate action should be taken to reaffirm government’s commitment to protect children from uninhibited exposure to pornographic materials and other indecent contents. — Sheila Covarrubias