25 May 2009

Kho-Halili Video Should Spark Reforms

Photo courtesy of GMANEWS.TV
Still on the Kho-Halili sex scandal video, a women’s group in the country urged the public to refrain from watching the controversial material, saying that this is another violation of Halili's rights.

Clara Rita Padilla, executive director of EnGendeRights, said all the persons involved in the production, distribution, sale, and uploading of the sex video must be punished for violating the actress' right to privacy.

They also urged the other victims to come out and fight for their rights, while pushing for new and effective legislation that penalizes the production, distribution, and sale of sex videos. Hopefully, along these lines something will get solve without distressing the victim and disrupting the business operation of informal sectors.

Nobody will question this noble deed that women's groups are trying to push, but in a democratic country, it is not certain why anybody would want the authorities to do a pathetic double act of singling out sex videos when video piracy in general is very rampant. In any case, if many of the country's leaders and several legislators will just stop making inane, stupid public statements supporting the cause of Katrina Halili when child pornography has not been adequately addressed, then people might actually stop from buying the product because their interest was not pricked.

Another, child welfare group also made a good point when it challenged government officials to defend not only the high-profile celebrity victims but also ordinary victims of sex scandals.

"The recent scandal over the proliferation of sex video in the Internet and other cyber forms involving Katrina Halili and Dr. Hayden Kho is no surprise for child rights advocates. This is not the first time that a victim came out but we never heard such outrage," Alphonse Rivera, spokesperson of Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns said.

Rivera said that while Salinlahi supports the fight of Halili, it also wants to remind the Senate, Congress and other government agencies, including MalacaƱang, that they should also pursue the case of minors who were allegedly victimized by an Australian doctor working for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Manila.

It should be added that the government might be better off pursuing some of the not-so high profile crimes and cases instead of allocating the taxpayers money to fund gatherings of groups of sniggering retired Generals and appointing these yobs to lucrative posts abroad. Once again the country is seeing how the government deals with political nonentity, like children. It is a fine example of activity as a substitute for achievement.

It might even be a better idea for the authorities to just build more jails and lock offenders up with proper sentences instead of funding lavish trips abroad. And if the government really wants to do something about sex videos and their victims, why not spend money to protect the victims, offer viable alternatives to vendors and talk to these affected people and get their inputs? Or would the information that will be gathered destroy the tablets of sandstone of the fantasy world government officials live in?