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Philippines: Offences against Children

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL1700, tabled on 5 July 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to discuss with the government of the Philippines the reported failures of internet service providers in that country to comply with anti-child pornography legislation RA 9775; and if not, why not.

Answered on

19 July 2021

The UK continues to work with international partners to improve the capability of the Philippine authorities to fight online sexual exploitation of children. This includes National Crime Agency (NCA) work with the Philippines authorities to feed in potential changes in procedures, structures and legislation that will assist in the investigation and prosecution of offences.

The UK supports the introduction of legislation by countries around the world to combat online sexual exploitation of children. The Philippines' Senate has recently passed a bill on Special Protections against Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children. The bill, which now passes to the Philippines House of Representatives, expands the scope of the Anti-Child Pornography Act from 2009 and addresses the duty and legal requirements of Internet Service Providers in the Philippines.