Be Very Very Careful: There’s Republic Act No. 9995 or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009

Be Very Very Careful: There’s Republic Act No. 9995 or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009


I was quite shocked when I actually saw the said alleged leaked Paolo Bediones’ ‘very private video’ with still unidentified woman. It was uploaded by Ronald Villanueva on Sunday, July 27, on Facebook and after two hours of posting, it already gained 145 likes and 799 shares and is still counting.

Screen cap of the facebook post made by Ronald Villanueva

Screen cap of the facebook post made by Ronald Villanueva

An hour after the said upload is the birth of a Facebook fan page named ‘Na Paolo Bediones Dre?‘ which also posted the whole leaked video. Other pages follows…

Screen cap of https://www.facebook.com/pbsvideo

Screen cap of https://www.facebook.com/pbsvideo

For everyone who’s still sharing it online, be very very careful and know what’s Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009.

Screen cap from facebook

Screen cap from facebook

The Republic Act No. 9995 or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009 was passed as a solution to prevent the proliferation of scandals the most notable of which is the the one which involved Dr. Hayden Kho, Dr. Maricar Reyes as well as actress Katrina Halili. The law itself provides that its main objective is to penalize acts that will destroy the honor, integrity and dignity of a person.

Important Things to remember:

1. Photo or Video Voyeurism means:

a. the act of taking a photo or video of a person/s performing a sexual act or any similar activity without the latter’s consent, under circumstances where such person/s has/have a reasonable expectation of privacy;

b. capturing an image of the private area of a person/s without the latter’s consent, under circumstances where such person/s has/have a reasonable expectation of privacy; or

c. the act of selling, copying, reproducing, broadcasting, sharing, showing or exhibiting the photo or video of such sexual act or similar activity through DVD, the internet, cellphones and similar means or devices without the written consent of the person/s involved, even though consent to record or take the photo or video of the same was initially given.

2. A person is guilty of Photo or Video Voyeurism when there is:

a. taking a photo or video of a person/s performing a sexual act or any similar activity or capturing an image of the private area of a person/s such as the naked or undergarment clad genitals, public area (?), buttocks or female breast without the consent of the person/s involved and under circumstances in which the person/s has/have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

b. copying or reproducing such photo or video of a sexual act or any similar activity for a fee or for free, even though consent to record was given initially.

c. selling or distributing such photo or video of a sexual act, whether it be the original or a copy, even though consent to record was given initially.

d. publishing or broadcasting, whether in print or broadcast media of such sexual act, even though consent to record was given initially.

e. showing or exhibiting the photo or video of such sexual act through DVD, internet, cellphones and other similar means or device, even though consent to record was given initially.

3. If a person is found guilty of Photo or Video Voyeurism, he’ll be looking at jail time of up to 7 years and a fine costing as much as P500,000.00!

References:

  • R.A. No. 9995; http://www.lawphil.net/statutes/repacts/ra2010/ra_9995_2010.html

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