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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

NTC orders cable operators to close chat rooms

By Clarissa Batino Inquirer News Service

THE NATIONAL Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has ordered cable operators to shut down all chat rooms in reaction to complaints that some of these had become sex channels.

The NTC order, dated Jan. 20, immediately called for the suspension of all chat rooms until a new set of guidelines is approved. Recently, police detained a businessman for allegedly operating a cybersex facility in Las Pinas City.

NTC chair Ronald Solis said he would meet this week with operators such as the Philippine Cable Television Association and the Federation of International Cable TV Associations of the Philippines to draft guidelines aimed at preventing abuses on cable chat channels.

Cable operators turn idle channels into chat rooms or community billboards.Solis said some chat room operators were not regulating the use of profane language or explicit messages in their facilities. Some messages openly solicit sex, he added.

Police Monday also said it discovered what could be indications of money laundering based on confiscated evidence from the office of Aloysious M. Galvez, owner of Orgasmic Studios in Pilar Village, Las Pi¤as City, which was raided Friday.

Supt. Michel Filar, of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-National Capital Region (CIDG-NCR), said transaction records between Orgasmic Studios Inc. and several local and foreign banks were discovered after the raid by the CIDG-NCR and local police.

Filart, however, refused to give details. "We are now coordinating with members of the Anti-Money Laundering Act Council (AMLAC) in connection with our investigation of Galvez's activities," he said.

The Amlac also promised to help if violations of the electronic commerce law are included in the "predicate offenses," Filart added.

Police also said Galvez's outfit reportedly maintained links with several web page networks based in the United States. "The internal protocol address was found to be linked to several US web pages featuring internet photography," Filart said.

He added that a big telecommunications company gave the police full support by providing them information needed in carrying out the raid at Orgasmic Studios located at Daisy and Lead Streets, Pilar Village. The outfit allegedly had 14 studios providing Internet sex.

Galvez, now detained at the Las Pi¤as City jail, is facing charges of violating Republic Act No. 9028, also known as the Anti-Trafficking of Persons Act.Filart said that Galvez's lucrative business had been operating for more than a year.

The women, allegedly hired for cybersex, earned as high as P200,000 a month, police said.

2 Comments:

  • Who said that Galvez' business is closed. He and his minions are back stronger as before. With a lot of paid lawyers at his back, every thing that this society deemed as immoral is basically all legit business. Just a note, all his girls support him. Their all cared for and are getting richer day by day. If ones daughter is under his wing, she’ll be definitely taking care of the whole family.

    By Anonymous Eric Capucion, at 9/29/2007 4:31 AM  

  • Who said that Galvez' business is closed. He and his minions are back stronger as before. With a lot of paid lawyers at his back, every thing that this society deemed as immoral is basically all legit business. Just a note, all his girls support him. Their all cared for and are getting richer day by day. If ones daughter is under his wing, she’ll be definitely taking care of the whole family.

    By Anonymous Eric Capucion, at 9/29/2007 4:33 AM  

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