DOJ wants macho, sexy billboards removed from EDSA
The Philippine national rugby team Volcanoes sizzled EDSA back in 2011 with their raunchy Bench ad, sparking debates on whether sexy billboards should be allowed in major thoroughfares around the country.
Two years later, the debate lingers on. But Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila de Lima offered a suggestion to those who want to stamp out sexy ads for good.
De Lima said the definition of the word ‘obscene’ should be clarified in the context of billboard advertisements. She said a law that has a definite meaning for ‘obscene’ could stop the spread of sexy billboards on major roads around the country.
Last year, northern Samar Representative Harlin Abayon introduced House Bill 1407 that seeks to remove obscene or distractive ads on major roads. The bill is still pending with the Committee on Public Information at the House of Representatives.
The secretary said that the proposed bill should have a clear definition of the word ‘obscene,’ and offered three suggestions based on a Supreme Court ruling:
1. Existence of obscenity is established if the publication or item depraves or corrupts the minds of those open to immoral influences.
2. Obscenity is established if the publication or item depraves or corrupts the minds of those who have them.
3. Obscenity is established if the item ‘shocks the ordinary common sense of men as an indecency.’
The DOJ said there is a need to create a law against obscene ads today as incidences of distraction and road accidents increase. The secretary added that a law was especially timely as it would protect against the ad’s ‘damaging effects on the morals and values of children and the public in general.’