Philippines: Life Sentence for Loli Manga


The Philippines has based a draconian ban on child pornography which means a potential life sentence for possessing books, comics or artwork considered by authorities to depict a child involved in sexual activity.

Republic Act 9775, “the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009,” previously reported here, has now been signed into law, and its provisions seem to be far more severe and far-reaching than previously imagined.

Producing, distributing, “promoting” or possessing anything defined as child pornography attracts anything up to a life sentence and a fine of 5 million pesos ($110,000).

The ban sweepingly defines child pornography as “any representation, whether visual, audio, or written combination thereof, by electronic, mechanical, digital, optical, magnetic or any other means, or a child engaged or involved in real or simulated explicit sexual activities.”

Alongside actual pornography featuring underage participants (which was already illegal), the ban clearly makes no distinction between fictional and non-fictional material, prescribing the same extreme penalties for both.

With no clear definition of “explicit sexual activities,” it also seems authorities are free to apply their own standards of judgement.

The ban on textual and audio material would also appear to define even talking about child sexuality as child pornography, and undoubtedly bans a variety of literary works featuring underage sex.

Possessing Vladimir Nabokov’s literary classic Lolita, considered one of the best English novels of the twentieth century, would certainly seem to attract a possible life sentence under these provisions.

As is usual with such laws, those under 18 writing about or recording activities with other “children” also face the full weight of the law, so in theory a minor could be handed a life sentence for writing about having sex with their partner, although presumably in such cases judges might decide to be lenient.

Internet service providers, hosts and owners of business premises are also enjoined to monitor for and quickly report any offending activity.

One of the authors of the bill rejoices at her success:

“We used to be a haven for child pornography proliferators and foreign pedophiles, now our country is going to be a safe haven for children.”

Displaying its usual commitment to freedom of expression, the EU expressed its delight with the draconian bill through its ambassador:

“It is extremely a positive step forward to fight child pornography. We are pleased that the legislature passed the bill and the President signed it into a law on November 17.”

Unsurprising considering international pressure was one reason for the ban.

Leaving aside the issue of the poorly written nature of the law, actual enforcement of the law is unlikely to be very effective, as the Philippines is by any estimation a chaotic and corrupt nation unable to enforce its existing body of laws, let alone any new ones. However, this is in itself hardly reassuring…

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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:19 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    That is one ugly loli.

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    Comment by GaiJinSan
    14:22 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I really friggin hate my country! Just when I'm starting to think that it's starting to develop it ends up like sh!t again. I thought this country can tell what's the differences between reality and fantasy... Just look outside the computer and into the streets, poverty and filth, that's reality. Would the government please work on that?

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    Comment by jaxom
    15:21 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    don't worry fafi, were all in the same boat, so to speak.


    a pamphlet to get higher votes..
    an addon to our country's letters demanding foreign aid..

    here's an example:
    Dear big country,

    We are good poeple, give us moneys..
    We banned loli, Give us moneys..

    Thanky you,
    The great Midget.

    PS: give us moneys.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:37 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ahahah, encore un pays de bouseux de merde constellé d'attardés.
    Phillipines, funny country.

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    Comment by Tateha
    08:10 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    lol Philippines. they probably think that this law will help them be better perceived as a civilized and industrialized nation...too bad outside of big cities they are still basically a third world country.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:06 14/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    How the hell are the big cities civilized or industrialized?

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    Comment by Cosplaying God
    10:29 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Let the criminals, rapists, drug dealers go while they arrest people with loli porn. Only in the Philippines. As expected in a country that is swarming with idiots. Don't believe me? Go ask other Filipino people here.

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    Comment by GaiJinSan
    14:30 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    *sigh* I feel so ashamed... Why must my country be so narrow minded and stupid? Why God! Why!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:54 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck this shit. Those who possess '2D child pron' are easy prey in the first place than those bigass motherfucking rich criminals (i.e. Mike "Fat Pig" Arroyo).

    Bottomline: In here, the rich always escape justice because they are above the law. PHAILippines all the way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:50 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ah yes, the rich people, you gotta hate them, once they are caught having loli stuff, they can just pay the government and get away with it and continue enjoying their lolis

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:49 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And its not 2d lolis but the very cp that this law is trying to prevent.

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    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE
    07:18 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    How TALL is Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, anyway!

    They should elect a TALLER MALE President.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:59 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    We did elect a tall male president but the midget run him off and forcibly proclaimed herself the smallest president in the world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:35 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wait a minute, I though the church here is not supposed to get invovled with politics, since this bill is politically motivated (with courtesy of those feminazis), why did the church got involved in implementing this law?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:51 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Because the church is more powerful than the state?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:42 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Another senseless law past, this law has more loop hole than swiss cheese...

    CURSE you GMA

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    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE
    07:19 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    People HER height OR SHORTER shouldn't run for public office!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:42 28/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    She's probably concerned she's so short she'll get mistaken as a loli, and someone pwn her sexually as a result. This law is meant to protect her by putting away for life, anyone who might be a danger to her (hm, sounds like a dictatorship doesn't it).

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:18 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    For once, I'm glad I wasn't born in the Philippines.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    10:57 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    As long as it's not hentai that will result in a life ban, it's all good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:42 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A very nice island with BIG CORRUPTION. I'm in a RAGE.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:47 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    My own country... T_T damn it!
    I may live in America but something feels so wrong about this

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:25 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So just by viewing the front page of this site can get you life. Great law there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:17 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Possessing Vladimir Nabokov’s literary classic Lolita, considered one of the best English novels of the twentieth century, would certainly seem to attract a possible life sentence under these provisions.

    Not sure I have met or have heard of any one that thinks that book is one of the "best English novels" Actually I do not know any one that has read it or even saw the whole movie, with Jeremy Irons. A much better film was The Girl by New World films.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Time, for one. There are many others - perhaps you only associate with philistines?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:15 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    To me, pedophilia has become the new red scare. Just as people in the 50's and 60's were paranoid that their neighbors could be a potential communist, today people have become paranoid over the fact that there could be pedophiles lurking at every corner.

    All for the "safety of children" supposedly.

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    Comment by jaxom
    15:14 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    hey you were on /a/ last night...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:19 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    better hide my doujins X_____X

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    Comment by DieHardjagged
    03:13 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol Bleedman will be fucked, is he still living in the Philippines?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:23 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What do actual child molesters get then, A slap on the wrists?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:07 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    arrested then deported usually.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:09 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait a sec, if most animes feature characters under 18 and have fan service episodes putting the characters in sexual situations, does that mean an almost complete ban on anime there?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:29 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    more like censorship like how 4Kids massacred some anime through censorship

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:45 28/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Watch Gundam Wing and the movie Endless Waltz. (it's cleam)

    Do NOT watch Strike Witches. (it's definitely NOT clean, unless you have the full-censored version which I made myself using windows movie maker which I ended up cutting out like a third of all the scenes in it)

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    Comment by Aero
    05:04 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ok a little case study here, since I'm not totally aware of this. Lest say somebody owns a hentai manga, depicting a character that seems like a minor (loli of "ambiguous" age) engaging in sexual activities, but there's a statement inside the manga in question saying that all characters appearing in it are supposedly of legal age, and the real age is not mentioned again in the actual content. Is it illegal then?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:18 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eroges/VNs do this to just to be safe.

    It fucking blows my mind how something that Does Not Fucking Exist needs to have an age.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:21 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Err.. Whatever.. They could only implement all the laws they want but never enforce it...

    So I say... WTF....

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:06 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    note to self, never go to philippine. put self destruct in laptop.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:33 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess I have to encrypt a lot of files in my laptop.....

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    Comment by Ukonkivi
    05:52 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Philippines: No longer a safe place for darling little Ukes.

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    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE
    04:32 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If a meteorite falls on Earth, I hope it squashes Manila...or Vatican City!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:33 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    We already got hit

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:30 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    after reading all the comments, a few things.

    bleedman is a filipino? omgwtf?

    this law is so that the midget president can be remembered as doing something right (in the eyes of moralfags, which number more than you might think) before she steps down.

    like we'd forget the zte deal and trying several times to pass the charter change. not to mention silencing the media a few times with a few dead reporters here and there and maybe light to heavy treason.

    once yer time as pres is up, yer gonna fry midget.

    my only hope is this law is amended properly (definitions, limitations, etc etc.) if the next regime does pick it up, or it gets trashed outright.

    they should do something about the poverty first specially after ondoy(ketsana?) and a host of other storms hit us before they think about passing a law that even the us could not(probably) enforce.

    btw how feasible is it to actually monitor every goddam ip in the country and log every goddam site and download? and then issue a warrant for ALL of them?

    besides, won't that go against some laws, its like wiretapping isn't it, which is IIRC illegal, unless there's a warrant for it, or some shit?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:13 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea wiretapping citizens without warrants is illegal.

    Unless your a terrorist.

    The US government has been using anti terrorist laws to nab low level marijuanna street dealers.

    They probably won't even tell you if they collected evidence through wiretapping they'd use the evidence to search you then never say it was gathered from wiretap but from the search.

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    Comment by Fonzer
    04:20 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The law is a trick to actualy get rid of men and bash them for everything,emasculate men and bring huge amounts of money for the goverment system when prosecuting people mostly in favor of women,even if the women is at fault.

    Creating a huge dsyfunction in society,families,destroying man and womens life if used wrong.Society is already enough dysfunctional in america

    I say down with this kind of feministic capitalism.
    The law is totaly ok when it goes against real casses and real people to help them.
    But when the law goes beyond that like fiction that doesn't hurt anyone and promoting to lock up innocent parents for their normal family pictures and creating a huge misunderstanding in society and paranoa then that society is tend to end up in the path of destruction.

    Men are men.When it comes to fiction they are not hurting anyone and are using it as an outlet(some don't need such stuff at all).

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    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE
    04:25 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Philippines needs a change of government!

    Japan did!

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    Comment by Anonymous
    17:36 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Philippine already had several change of governments and we're still being run like Hell.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:28 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I shall return.. when lolis are not banned

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:51 21/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Y'know, the most common work that people own in which underage people explicitly have sex, sometimes without their consent, is the Bible. The Philippines has just made posession of a bible punishable by life imprisonment. Of course, those evangelists who go around knocking on doors are also guilty of promoting such a work, so that's illegal too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:36 28/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I highly doubt that enforcement would be applied to the Bible, the religious book of the world's BY FAR most popular religion. Also considering that quite a large portion of Philipenos are indeed Christians (this may even have helped SUPPORT the law being made to start with), I doubt that they would even CONSIDER touching the Bible with this law.

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