Gov't blocks major porn websites

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — "Danilo," who requested that his real name and identity be withheld, was surprised when he could no longer access his favorite adult website on Saturday.

Upon keying in its address on his browser, he was redirected to a page that stated it was blocked pursuant to the anti-child pornography law.

"This website has been ordered blocked under authority of the Philippine government pursuant to Republic Act 9775 or the anti-child pornography law," the website read.

For Danilo, this was troubling information.

"Paano naman yung mga single na kagaya ko na yun na lang yung libangan?" he said.

[Translation: What about single people like me who need something for recreation?]

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)confirmed government blocked some pornography sites, saying it is part of its agenda to stamp out child pornography.

In a text message to CNN Philippines, NTC Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarios confirmed all internet service providers were given the directive to remove access from porn sites.

"Yes, upon the request of law enforcement agencies and the interagency council against child pornography," he said.

Just last week, a report by adult website Pornhub said Filipinos spend the longest time watching porn worldwide.

According to the report, an average visit to Pornhub from the Philippines lasts 12 minutes and 45 seconds- roughly three minutes longer than the average visit duration worldwide.

Although Danilo is against child pornography, he believes blocking the entire website is not a good idea either.

Danilo said he feels deprived of the opportunity to visit these websites. He said he views porn material for 30 minutes before sleeping every night.

"Parang sobra kasi eh. I mean, kung gusto talaga nila na iimplement yung discipline talaga, magfocus sila sa sex education," he said.

[Translation: It's too much. If they want to implement discipline, they should focus on sex education.]

Some people interviewed by CNN Philippines agreed with Danilo, while others say otherwise. They also requested their real identities to be withheld.

"Freddie" said watching pornography is part of human nature.

"Siyempre tao tayo, may mga pangangailangan tayo diba?" he said.

[Translation: Of course we're people, we have needs, right?]

"Jenkin" said it mirrors this thoughts.

"Kasi pag nanonood tayo sir, makakita ng mga magaganda sir, nasa lalaki rin kasi yan sir eh," he said.

[Translation: Because when we watch, see beautiful things, it's part of being a man.]

However, some parents agree with the ban which will somehow protect their children from obscene material.

"Bing" is worried her children will see inappropriate material online.

"Yung mga bata ko maliliit pa, baka makita," she said.

[Translation: My children are young, they might see it.]

Meanwhile, "Leo" said pornography and other sexual acts are better kept private.

"Eh kung bold lang ang pinaguusapan eh hindi naman importante sa buhay ng tao yan… Eh yung bold ano yun, privacy mo yan eh," he added.

[Translation: Well if we're talking about pornography, it's not important. It's part of your privacy.]

Gender studies professor Jean Franco said there is a reason people watch adult material online.

"Curiosity, especially for young people and there are studies also na parang addiction yon hindi ba [It's like an addiction, right?]," she said.

She added the internet makes it easier to access pornography.

"There is no access anywhere else for instance in society ng pornographic materials. That's why they turn to internet porn," Franco said.

A blanket ban on porn sites, she said, might be ineffective in curbing child pornography.

It also compromises the rights of other people, especially adults, of their freedom of expression and information.

"Of course the government just wants to implement the law, but then the danger is that it may not be efficient… People will still reinvent and go around the technology," she said

Franco suggested government should focus on sex education and teach students the adverse effects of child pornography.