Child pornography laws in the Philippines have recently begun to react to the growing commercial sexual exploitation of children in that country.
Convention on the Rights of the Child
In 2003, the Philippines ratified their signing of the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography; the protocol requires its signatories to recognize child pornography as a crime against children and to treat any act that contributes to production or distribution of child pornography as a criminal offense, within two years of ratification. Although fully compliant comprehensive legislation has not yet been enacted, Philippine law criminalizes the use of children in any aspect of the production or distribution of pornography, defining a "child" as younger than 18 years; and with maximum penalties required if the child involved is younger than 12 years old.
Anti-Child Pornography Alliance
On September 15, 2007, the Children and Youth Secretariat of the Anti-Child Pornography Alliance (ACPA-Pilipinas) in the Philippines launched Batingaw Network "to protect and save children from all forms of abuses and exploitations." It is the largest anti-child pornography movement in the Philippines to date. It declared September 28 as the "National Day of Awareness and Unity against Child Pornography.[dead link]
- Trinidad, Arnie C.. Child Pornography in the Philippines. Psychosocial Trauma and Human Rights Program UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies and UNICEF Manila, year=2005. pp. p100.
- "Legislation of Interpol member states on sexual offences against children - Philippines" (PDF). Interpol. http://www.interpol.int/Public/Children/SexualAbuse/NationalLaws/csaPhilippines.pdf.
- Abs-Cbn Interactive, Batingaw vs child porn launched