Sex photos could land you in jail - PAO chief
MANILA, Philippines -- A man who posted on social networking site Facebook a picture of him having sex with his former girlfriend may face up to seven years in prison, the chief of Public Attorney's Office (PAO) said Friday.
Manila City Hall employee Fritz Floirendo was arrested by police after his former girlfriend, identified only as 20-year-old "Nicole" (not her real name), accused him of uploading a photo of them having sex.
Floirendo denied posting the photo, saying Nicole also has access to his Facebook account.
But investigation by police showed that the photo was uploaded on the Internet using the cellphone of Floirendo.
Atty. Persida Rueda-Acosta said Floirendo could go to prison for three to seven years and fined P100,000 to P500,000 for violating Republic Act 9995 or the Anti-Voyeurism Law.
"Ang mga babae pag feeling nila na-aggrieve sila, 'yung kanilang photo o video sa maselang bahagi ng katawan nila o sexual activity nila, pwede silang magkaso under Republic Act 9995 or Anti-Voyeurism Law," she said.
"Bawal mag-photo o kumuha ng walang pahintulot. Pero kung may pahintulot, bawal namang ipakopya, i-reproduce, i-publish o i-distribute 'yan."
"'Yan (RA 9995) ay sadyang proteksyon ng mga kababaihan lalo na para 'di sila maabuso ng kanilang sexual partner," she added.
'Keep private affairs to yourselves'
Meanwhile, Rueda-Acosta advised couples not to document their sexual activities.
She said that while it has become a practice of some couples to take a photo or video of themselves having sex, sexual partners should be extra careful since they do not know who might have access to their photo or video.
"Merong iba, sa tindi ng pagmamahalan nila, gusto nilang i-document kung ano 'yung ginagawa nila. Pero 'di ibig sabihin may sayad sila o may sira sila."
"Ang malaking problema lang pag nakuha ng iba, ng ex nila, talagang magagalit 'yun, magseselos at ikakalat 'yun. Pag may nakakuha niyan, inilulubog mo ang sarili mo sa kahihiyan," she said.
"Kaya ang aming advice huwag na ninyong i-document 'yan. Kumuha na lang kayo ng picture na may damit kaysa naman 'yung private affair. Sa inyo na lang 'yun, huwag na ninyong i-document," Rueda-Acosta added.
Several celebrities have become victims of so-called sex video scandals leaked on the Internet. These include celebrities such as Janelle Manahan, Katrina Halili and Hayden Kho.