PH lawmaker wants to put R-18 tag on tabloids with pornographic content

  • A lawmaker wants to put an R-18 tag on tabloids containing sexual content “to protect the moral integrity of children.
  • Quezon City Rep. Precious Hipolito-Castelo filed HB 4733 or the National Restriction on Tabloids Act.
  • The lawmaker cited rising rates of teenage pregnancy, and an “alarming increase” of HIV infections, which should compel authorities to ban the youth from all forms of pornography in their programs.

MANILA, Philippines—A lawmaker in the House of Representatives is seeking to regulate “smutty” tabloids by denominating those with pornographic content as “Only for Adults.”

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Quezon City Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo filed House Bill (HB) 4733 or the “National Restriction on Tabloids Act,” an Act classifying tabloids containing sexual stories and images as pornographic or x-rated, denominating them as only for adults, regulating their circulation and prescribing penalties for violation thereof.

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“Tabloids containing sexual stories and images distributed for the exclusive purpose of sexual arousal should, once and for all, be classified as pornographic or x-rated,” said Castelo.

“Movies and television programs are strictly reviewed and classified with the end in view of achieving intelligent viewing and protecting our children. By the same token, smutty tabloids should be regulated in such manner as to keep them at bay to protect the moral integrity of our children,” she added.

The lawmaker cited rising rates of teenage pregnancy, and an “alarming increase” of HIV infections, which should compel authorities to ban the youth from all forms of pornography in their programs.

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Under the measure, only those who are at least eighteen years of age can avail of tabloids.

The proper agency shall issue pertinent rules and regulations to carry out the measure, while competent courts will determine the appropriate penalties for violations of the provisions in this Act.

Source: House of Representatives


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