PH seeks to ban Ashley Madison adultery website

The Philippines is seeking to ban online dating service Ashley Madison, an adultery website, a senior government official said over the weekend.

Ashley Madison website
Screencap of the Ashley Madison website
In a statement passed to media Sunday via text, Justice secretary Leila de Lima said "a ban may be enforced" on the web platform "that allows illegal acts to be eventually committed."

The Canada-based firm recently launched its website in the country using the tagline "Ang buhay ay maikli. Mangaliwa," a translated version of its famous slogan "Life is short, have an affair."

Adultery is prohibited under Philippine law and punishable by imprisonment of not less than six months. However, extramarital relationships among ordinary people and even influential personalities have been reported on television and exposed through social media.

Even though the Philippines is a country dominated by Catholics and divorce is illegal here, the site's owner has apparently seen its potential to become one of their strongest markets.

Religious groups said they want the Ashley Madison dating site blocked as it "destroys the family, the core unit of society." Based on what De Lima said, the Philippine government is working on it.