Solon seeks probe on the proliferation of smut tabloids

A PARTY-list lawmaker has called for a congressional inquiry on the proliferation of smut tabloids and publications in Metro Manila.

Rep. Angelo Palmones (Party-list, AGHAM) filed House Resolution 2358 urging the House Committee on Public Information to conduct and investigation on the publication of smut tabloids which are being sold
in newsstands.

Palmones urged the house body to invite media organizations, publishers, and the representatives of the academe.

Likewise, Palmones said the police authorities and the officials of local government units will be invited during the inquiry to shed light on the matter.

“There has been numerous news aired and printed on cases of rape and lascivious behavior, with young people as victims to have been influenced by smut publications because newspapers and magazines are
easily accessible to anyone anywhere in the country,” Palmones said.

Palmones said the government should start paying attention to the proliferation of smut publications and eradicate it permanently.

Palmones said mass media particularly print, has been accepted to play a crucial role in the thinking and in the attitude of society, particularly the young people.

“The State recognizes the vital role of communication and information in nation building.  It is the obligation of the State to promote and protect the physical, moral, spiritual and social well being of the
youth,” Palmones said.

Palmones said it is the duty of the State to safeguard the morality of society, especially the youth, against obscene and indecent materials.

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