Senators approved on final reading a bill that would expand government protections against online sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
On Thursday, May 27, a total of 23 senators voted to pass Senate Bill (SB) No. 2209 or the proposed Special Protections against Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children Act.
No senator voted against the bill or abstained from the vote.
SB 2209 provides a comprehensive list identifying which acts constitute online sexual abuse of children.
The bill would also give additional tools to law enforcement agencies to go after Filipino and foreign sexual abusers of children. Any sex offender convicted overseas would be blacklisted and would be barred from entering the Philippines.