A Sex Toy Regulation
Buhay Rep. Irwin Tieng is seeking to regulate the increasing proliferation of “sex toys” in the local market as he warned that this may lead to the rise of sex-related crimes in the country.
I did not know that. Then, what were the cause of sex-related crimes before the proliferation of these sex toys in the country? Do sex criminals really need a reason, such as sex toys, to commit their crimes? The FDA also said that they will corrdinate with their counterparts aborad. Coordinate what? What other country in the world has a regulation for sex toys?
MANILA, Philippines - Buhay Rep. Irwin Tieng is seeking to regulate the increasing proliferation of “sex toys” in the local market as he warned that this may lead to the rise of sex-related crimes in the country.
In filing House Bill 4509 entitled “An Act Penalizing the Distribution, Possession with Intent to Distribute and Production of Any Device for the Physical Stimulation of Human Genitals for Anything of Pecuniary Value,” Tieng said he was out to safeguard the moral, spiritual and social being of the citizens from the destructive effects of these “obscene devices.”
“The influence of obscene devices designed primarily for the physical stimulation of human genitals, commonly called as sex toys and gadgets may seem unnoticed. However, there is now an influx of this kind of devices in the country, especially in Metro Manila,” Tieng said in the bill’s explanatory note.
“The proliferation of these obscene devices which are insensitively and openly displayed in shops or stalls is very alarming. The public, especially minors, being exposed to these obscenities may suffer disturbing effects and could trigger sexually impure ideas and acts that give room to sex-related offenses,” Tieng said.
The Buhay party-list solon pointed to Quiapo, Sta. Cruz and Recto, the so-called University Belt in Metro Manila, as among the areas where sex toys are allegedly proliferating.
According to him, the bill seeks to “penalize the distribution, possession with intent to distribute and production of any obscene device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the physical stimulation of human genital organs for anything of pecuniary value in order to protect the morals of the society.”
“This is also in keeping with the policy of the state to value the dignity of every human person and to promote and safeguard its integrity and the moral, spiritual and social being of its citizenry from the pernicious effects of obscene devices,” he added.
The bill calls on government agents to “pursue an intensive and unrelenting campaign against the distribution, possession with intent to distribute and production of any obscene device.”
Under the bill, it will be unlawful for any person to: a.) Knowingly distribute, possess with intent to distribute, or offer or agree to distribute, any obscene device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the physical stimulation of human genital organs for anything of pecuniary value; b.) Become a wholesaler, to knowingly distribute, possess with intent to distribute, or offer or agree to distribute, for the purpose of resale or commercial distribution at retail of sex toys; and c.) To knowingly produce, or offer or agree to produce sex toys.
Violators of the proposed law will suffer the “penalty of imprisonment of not more than one year and/or fine ranging from P10,000 to P20,000” and for acts falling under Section 3(a);” and the “penalty of imprisonment of not more than one year and/or a fine ranging from P20,000 to P30,000 for acts falling under Section (b) and (c).”
The bill tasks the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Department of Justice to implement and promulgate the proposed law.
Buhay Rep. Michael Velarde co-authored Tieng’s bill.
Sex Toys being sold
Amid the filing of a proposed law penalizing the production and sale of sex toys by a pro-life lawmaker, such items continue to be sold in downtown Manila.
The day after, the items continue to be sold at an overpass in Raon and near the Light Rail Transit station in Sta. Cruz, radio dzBB’s Carlo Mateo reported.
The report said the toys were on display, even as police in the area admitted that they could not go after the vendors because there is no law against these items.
Among the toys being sold were a rubberized battery-operated toy for P450, the report said.
Other items included sex rings that claim to enhance the user’s experience.
The bill tasks the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Interior and Local Government, and the Department of Justice to implement the measure once it becomes a law.
Sex Toy sellers raided
Authorities vowed tougher action on unregistered Chinese sex toys and enhancing drugs, following the seizure of P1.5 million worth of such items in Manila.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) head Nancy Tacandong admitted in a radio interview they lack still coordination with law enforcers and importers of Chinese medicines.
“It is one big problem of the FDA, so we will have to form a technical working group to coordinate with Chinese drug importers and drugstores. In the first place, we do not even understand the Chinese documentation on Chinese medicines,” Tacandong said in an interview on dzRH radio.
She said that while the FDA presently does not have the capability to register Chinese medicines, many Chinese drugstores in Manila’s Chinatown district are registered with the government.
Tacandong said the government allowed some sort of autonomy for these Chinese drugstores, on the assumption that Chinese pharmacists can understand and prepare Chinese medications.
“Originally, Chinese drugstores employed Chinese doctors and pharmacists who can read and prepare Chinese medications. But now, there are few Chinese druggists left and the pharmacists are now Filipinos who may not understand how to prepare Chinese medication,” she said.
On the other hand, she said the FDA will have to coordinate more closely with law enforcers, noting her agency was not informed about the raid.
Last Thursday, Manila police seized some P1.5 million worth of fake sex enhancers and sex toys without license from the FDA, following a raid on a mall in Manila’s Binondo district.
“We have to coordinate better with police. As far as I know, we were not informed of Thursday’s raid,” Tacandong said.
Tacandong also said the FDA plans to inspect facilities of Chinese drug firms abroad, to see if they comply with good manufacturing standards.
She said her agency will likewise improve its coordination with its counterparts abroad.