Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Child Abuse case filed against TV5 and Willie Revillame!

The "Macho Dancing" boy Jan-Jan Suan's incident on Willing Willie episodelast March 12 has escalated as hild advocates filed a child abuse case.

Six individuals and officials of End Child Prostitution, Dhild Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) filed a case of Chils Abuse before the Quezon City Fiscal's Office against Willie Revillame, TV5 Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan yesterday, April 25.

“We cannot allow our laws protective of children’s right to be trampled upon. So we have to act. This group has been protectively fighting for children’s right,” said Jean Enriquez, Exec. director, Coalition Against Trafficking In Women – Asia Pacific (CATW-AP) on “TV Patrol,” April 25.

In a report by ABS-CBNnews.com, the complaint sheet said that “the depiction of the child in such a sexualized fashion is tantamount to abuse and exploitation.”

It added that “the degrading exhibition is compounded by the cruelty of the show's main host, mocking his [boy’s] appearance amidst the laughter of the jeering crowd.”

The complainants cited several cases of violations like Republic Act (RA) 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act; RA 9775 or the Act Defining the Crime of Child Pornography; and RA 9231 or An Act Eliminating the Worst Forms of Child Labor.

Amihan Abueva, EPCAT President said, “No we are not funded. ECPAT is not an organization funded by any media network at all. We are not interested in any network rivalries or politics. We just want to make sure that children are defended.”

What are your thoughts to this never ending controversy?


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