MANILA - Malacañang on Friday said perpetrators of child sex trafficking can still be made liable under existing laws despite a temporary restraining order on the Cybercrime Prevention Act.
"Insofar as the cybersex aspect of it is concerned, that is subject to the TRO that has been issued by the Supreme Court but any violator, or at least anybody who takes advantage of our children that way can still be prosecuted under existing laws on child abuse. Mas specific po kasi 'yung cybersex prohibition doon sa cybercrime law that has been passed… Tsaka iba rin 'yung penalty," Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said.
The Palace earlier said fighting human trafficking remains a priority of the Aquino administration. This is after British police dismantled a pedophile ring that streamed live sexual abuse of Filipino children as young as six over the Internet, with victims' parents involved in some cases.
Valte said the Philippine National Police is aware of the information about the child sex rings and shares this information with the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT).
The Palace reiterated the government is ready to cooperate with international authorities to combat child sex abuse and trafficking.
"It's a point of concern because it happens within our borders but we are very much open to working with authorities from other jurisdictions to make sure that these are not repeated," Valte said.