MANILA, Philippines – Senator Risa Hontiveros is mulling the possibility of providing incentives to private companies assisting law enforcement agencies in clamping down on online sexual abuse and exploitation of children (OSAEC).
In a statement on Tuesday, Hontiveros said there is a need for companies “to be proactive in the fight against OSAEC.”
“Providing incentives may be the most effective way to ensure this. May karampatang parusa pa rin kung hindi sila susunod sa batas,” Hontiveros said.
The senator earlier filed Senate Bill 2068, or the Anti-Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Law, which seeks to impose penalties on private companies that do not comply with their obligations specified under the bill.
“Both incentives and penalties can encourage more synergy between private companies and government agencies. Pwedeng mapaigting ang partisipasyon ng mga pribadong kumpanya kung hindi lang parusa ang prinepresenta sa kanila,” Hontiveros said.
Under the bill, Internet Service Providers that do not give notice of exploitation on their services will suffer a penalty of P2 million but not more than P5 million.
Social media networks that are not compliant with the requirements will suffer a penalty of P10 million, while banks, money services, and other financial intermediaries not fulfilling their reportorial obligation shall suffer the penalty as provided under the law.
“The private sectors’ products are the main channels through which exploitation occurs. Kung magkakaroon ng mas take-charge attitude ang mga kumpanya dahil sa incentives, then we should study this possibility,” she said.
“Laking tulong ito sa mga opisyal natin. When it comes to a crime as stealthy and as technical as OSAEC, our law enforcement agencies need all the help they can get,” she added.
The bill also seeks to penalize those who willfully subscribe to, join or support an internet address that hosts OSAEC content; those who hire, employ, or pay a facilitator to stream sexual abuse of children; and those who knowingly benefit from the commission of OSAEC.