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Ad-Hoc Committee Formed VS Child Porn

Manila, July 31, 2007 - The Media Office of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has initiated the formation of an ad-hoc committee to address the influx of pornographic materials featuring minors in perverted sex acts and lead effective advocacy campaigns within the Church and the media against the evils of child pornography.

Sr. Pinky Barrientos, FSP of the CBCP Media Office presided over the meeting late Monday afternoon that featured lively discussions on the current nationwide situation.

Elected chair of the ad-hoc committee was former Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See and current PPCRV Chair Henrietta T. De Villa, Dr. Zenaida Rotea, MD, executive secretary of the CBCP’s Office on Women and Ernesto M. Burdeos, CBCP Commission on the Laity’s executive secretary, vice presidents for external and internal affairs, respectively.

Appointed secretary was Joseph S., Jesalva of CBCP Laiko and CBCPNews Editor and Veritas 846 broadcaster Melo Acuna as research director.

Rev. Frs. Melvin P. Castro of the CBCP Commission on Family and Life and Congundo Garganta of the CBCP Commission on Youth and Tess Curia of the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Organization also attended the organizational meeting.

CBCP President and Jaro Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo will receive the first report of the ad-hoc committee on August 9,2007 in a meeting scheduled at 2:00 P.M.

De Villa said the advocacy against child pornography will include the CBCP commissions, Catholic schools and universities and mandated organizations.

Edu Manzano, OMB chair and Attys. Cyrus Paul Valenzuela and Resty Meneses sought the CBCP’s assistance to lead the campaign against the proliferation of child pornographic materials in department stores and shopping malls where flea markets abound. Manzano said they are leading the campaign against child pornography in their personal capacities.

They said they will file appropriate charges against shopping mall owners, managers and shop owners selling child pornographic materials today. (Roy Lagarde)