Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Dr. Hayden Kho’s 15 minutes of Gucci Gangbangin’ fame is over. Like his Gucci predecessors, one can only surmise that the secret of their over-night success was the cause to their over-night downfall. But there is something more pressing than the rise and fall of these pretentious lemmings. An unscrupulous political carpet bagger is using Hayden’s pitiable fate to propagate a tyrannical bill!

Still pending two years after Sen. Bong Revilla introduced it to the Senate, the Anti-Pornography Act of 2007 seeks to “protect all individuals from proliferation of pornographic materials and to curb nefarious activities involving pornography.” Who else is supporting the bill but anti-gay Rep. Bienvenido Abante; The Pastor turned Congressman who is adamant about purging the country of “sinful acts” of its citizens…

Last year, Sen. Manny Villar filed the Anti-Obscenity and Pornography Bill of 2008 or Senate Bill No. 2464 and a howl of protest was raised against it by journalists, artists, bloggers, media personalities and from VICTORINA. In one fell swoop, the bill would have thrown art out with smut by classifying all of it as obscene material.

May I assure Senator Bong Revilla that no PR firm is working to demolish him. While Victorina is completely capable of such, our fight is within the bounds of what is humane, moral and legal. We are here not to destroy but to transform.

From Section 3, (b) “Pornographic or pornography” refers to objects or subjects of film,television shows, photography, illustrations, music, games, paintings, drawings, illustrations, advertisements, writings, literature or narratives, contained in any format, whether audio or visual, still or moving pictures, in all forms of film, print, electronic, outdoor or broadcast mass media, or whatever future technologies to be developed, which are calculated to excite, stimulate or arouse impure thoughts and prurient interest, regardless of the motive of the author thereof. (c) “Mass media” refers to film, print, broadcast, electronic … (d) “Materials” refers to all movies, films, television shows, photographs, music, games, paintings, drawings, illustrations, advertisements, writings, literature or narratives, whether produced in the Philippines or abroad…

It means some of the things we are doing now may be unlawful once this tyrannical bill is approved.

For example the following will be deemed illegal:

1. Buying Cosmopolitan, FHM, UNO and similar magazines. This falls under Prohibited Act #10 which disallows anyone from possessing lewd content in whatever form - photos, magazines, computer files, etc.

2. Posting naked pictures of males or females. Sexy male and female photos by Raul Teehankee, Raymond Isaac and the guru Jun De Leon will all fall under this category.

3. Panting naked pictures. National Artist Ben Cabrera will easily fall victim to this silly law.

4. Broadcasting about sex on Radio. The “Boys Night Out”, “Good Times” and King DJ Logan will definitely be prosecuted under this law.

5. Indie-films. This will be the end of all gay themed Indie movies.

What is even scarier about the Bong Revilla Bill is how it defines obscenity: “Obscene” refers to anything that is indecent or offensive or contrary to good customs or religious beliefs, principles or doctrines, or tends to corrupt or deprave the human mind, or is calculated to excite impure thoughts or arouse prurient interest, or violates the proprieties of language and human behavior, regardless of the motive of the producer…

Even without the Revilla Bill being enacted, our DJ Mojo Jojo was fined several times by the Kapisanan ng mga Broadcasters ng Pilipinas (KBP) for saying “WANG” on air.

Victorina’s resident lawyer, Atty. Trixie Angeles states that “Revilla’s Bill, Senate Bill No. 12 prescribes against the publication, exhibition, sale, distribution, possession of pornographic material. Pornography is over-broadly defined as referring to any representation, through publication, exhibition, cinematography, indecent shows, information technology by whatever means, of a person (whether minor or adult) engaged in real or simulated explicit sexual activities or any other representation of the sexual parts of a person for primarily sexual purpose that is intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feeling (emphasis ours). The law says that even talking about the sexual act is pornography as is any representation of the sexual organs (which could include breasts, by the way).”

Will Senator Revilla use Katrina Halili’s embarrassment to foist censorship upon us?

We sympathize with Katrina, but we will look at Sen. Revilla’s legislation with suspicion until he can show that this isn’t just another Hitlerian response to the freedom of expression, opportunely timed to coincide with one woman’s humiliation.”

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