At the height of the sex scandal involving Dr. Hayden Kho who secretly filmed his sexual encounters with the countries celebrities and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Vicky Belo, the Philippine Senate has passed on second reading a bill that will put to jail “digital” voyeurs and sex video distributors.
The Bill, which has been gathering dust before the Hayden Kho scandal (filed July 4, 2007), proposes a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and fines up to P100,000-P500,000.
Sen. Bong Revilla, who led the public persecution of Kho, said:
“The rampant circulation of sex scandal videos and other forms of pornography is truly disturbing because our youth have easy access to these materials, worsened by the humiliation victims endure after the circulation of their images, particularly the women who were videotaped or photographed without their consent.”
Interestingly, one of Revilla’s sons has a sex video with starlet Maui Taylor. From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maui_Taylor):
Regarding her broken relationship with Bryan Revilla, Taylor admitted that she and Revilla taped each other during happier times. Perceived as a sex video, the actress expressed no worry about the footage circulating over the web.
As reported by GMA News:
Under the bill authored by Escudero, Santiago and Senator Pilar Juliana Cayetano, it shall be unlawful to capture an image of a private area of an individual or any private act without his/her consent and knowingly does so under circumstances in which the individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy.
It shall also unlawful to capture an image of a private area of an individual or any private act with his/her consent but broadcasts the said image without the written permission or consent of said individual. [news link: Senate passes anti-voyeurism bill on 2nd reading]
Will this end the proliferation of sex scandals on the Internet? It’s wait and see.