A Thai MP was left with red faces after being caught in parliament watching porn on his phone.
Ronnathep Anuwat was to pay attention to a budget reading Thursday in Bangkok, Thailand.
However, the cheeky politician opened a series of clear images on his smartphone – looking at them for more than ten minutes.
Shocked reporters at the press gallery caught Ronnathep – who had even removed his face mask to look closely at the photos.
A Thai MP was caught watching pornography while in parliament in Bangkok on Thursday. Photographs in the press gallery could not believe what was happening and quickly snapped Ronnathep Anuwat’s cheeky twist
Some of the images that Thai MP Ronnathep was looking at while at work included a topless woman and one up close of a woman’s genitals. It is not clear if she is the same woman in all the photos.
One showed a young woman on top of her, while another was lying naked on a bed.
A third moment showed up closely a woman’s genitals.
The embarrassed MP, who represents Chonburi province for the ruling military party Palang Pracharath, confronted the images and agreed to look at them.
However, he made a strange excuse, claiming that he had received unsolicited messages on the Line app from a girl who was ‘asking for help’ and ‘asking for money’.
Ronnathep told local media that he looked at the images in detail while checking the background to decide if the girl was in danger.
He said he wanted to ‘observe the environment around the girl in the picture’.
Ronnathep, who represents Chonburi province in Thailand, was supposed to pay attention to reading the budget in parliament in the capital, Bangkok. Instead, photographers noticed that the MP appeared to be distracted by the clear images on his phone for more than ten minutes
The bad MP claimed he was looking at clear images out of concern for the woman’s well-being, claiming he wanted to ‘observe the environment around the girl’ to make sure she was not forced by gangsters to take pictures
Surveillance was necessary as he feared she was “harassed by gangsters who had forced her to take pictures”.
Ronnathep (above) will not face any action for viewing pornography while in parliament while House Speaker Chuan Leekpai said the issue was ‘personal’. Ronnathep is the second Thai MP to be caught surfing at work
Ronnathep said he eventually realized the girl was ‘asking for money’ so he deleted all content.
Government officials called Ronnathep for an explanation.
However, they decided that no further action would be taken against him.
Speaker Chuan Leekpai called the images a personal matter.
He said there were currently no rules on what MPs could look at on their phones in the meeting room.
Chuan added that no MP had complained about the issue so no action would be taken.
He warned the public to separate personal issues from the duties of MPs.
This is not the first time a Thai MP has allowed their attention to be diverted during working hours.
In June 2012, Bangkok MP Nat Bantadtan was also caught shaking pornography on his phone during a constitutional amendment.