Statement on the Philippine Cybercrime law #cybercrimelaw

As a blogger , I am often asked for my stand on Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 . My stand on it stays the same as eight months ago when I thought netizens should have been consulted. Eight months ago, I also wanted the bill re-written. Unfortunately, it was passed and the questionable Section 19 was inserted at the Bicam level.

Together with other netizens, we organized Filipino Internet Freedom Alliance (hashtag #FIFAph), a broad coalition of individuals and organizations seeking to amend / remove the provisions which threaten Internet Freedom in Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. In the long-term, it aims to be the bastion of this freedom.

On Tuesday Oct 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM, we will troop to the Supreme Court to file a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) petition. We will use the power of social media to spread the word, and to let the three branches of our government know how we feel about the Cybercrime Prevention Act in its current form.

Statement on the Philippine Cybercrime law

In order to make my stand, I requested Cocoy Dayao to draft a statement. Cocoy is one of Blog Watch bloggers who wrote extensively on internet freedom. Lately , he wrote also about Understanding the Philippine Cybercrime Law.

As editor of Blog Watch, this is my statement on the Cyber Crime Law:

Cybercrimes are real. Cybercrimes happen everyday. Cybercrimes are offenses committed against a person, or a people, a government— threatening national security, for example or a corporation— disrupting financial institutions. Cybercrimes have criminal motivations. Cybercrimes are meant to harm the reputation of a victim. Cybercrimes can cause physical or mental harm to a victim, whether directly, or indirectly using the amazing technology we have around us like The Internet, chat rooms, emails, message boards, groups, social networking, and even through our mobile phones.

There is zero doubt that there is a clear and present need for a cybercrime law. There is no doubt that women’s rights need to be protected. There is no doubt that children need to be protected. There is no doubt that when someone is attacked online, he or she needs to be protected. There is no doubt that fraud, spam, need to be stopped. There is no doubt that government and law enforcement need to be armed to deal with these threats. The need of for a cybercrime law, and the need to protect people’s rights was never in doubt.

Yet, Republic Act 101751, better known as “The Cybercrime Law” that the Congress passed, and was signed into law by President Benigno S. Aquino III does not give us cause to celebrate. The opposite is true.

The Cybercrime Law as framed in Republic Act 101751 is fundamentally flawed.

1. We believe RA 101751 is a law that demonizes technology.

2. We believe that RA 101751 does not take into account the history, the technology, and the culture that exist in the online world.

3. We believe RA 101751 stifles innovation.

4. We believe RA 101751 only increases the lavish power of Philippine libel, and highlights a grave mistake and calls for a revisiting of Philippine Libel Law. We believe the United Nations Human Rights Committee is correct when it called, Philippine libel law prior to the enactment of RA 101751 as “excessive”.

5. We believe RA 101751 unduly gives the Department of Justice extra-ordinary powers without due process of law to shut down websites on the Internet.

6. We believe RA 101751 is a moralizing law.

We join with groups opposed to the Cybercrime Law to amend, and or repeal the law. We welcome engagement with government, to craft a better law that protect women’s and children; that strive for equal protection for everyone.


Read more documents on Cyber Crime Law:


Photos via Filipino Internet Freedom Alliace

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado is a Content Strategist with over 12 years experience in blogging, content management, citizen advocacy and media literacy and over 22 years in web development. Otherwise known as @MomBlogger on social media, she believes in making a difference in the lives of her children by advocating social change for social good.

She is a co-founder and a member of the editorial board of Blog Watch . She is a resource speaker on media literacy, social media , blogging, digital citizenship, good governance, transparency, parenting, women’s rights and wellness, and cyber safety.

Her personal blogs such as aboutmyrecovery.com (parenting) , pinoyfoodblog.com (recipes), techiegadgets.com (gadgets) and beautyoverfifty.net (lifestyle), benguetarabica.coffee keep her busy outside of Blog Watch.

Disclosure:

I am an advocate. I am NOT neutral. I will NOT give social media mileage to members of political clans, epal, a previous candidate for the same position and those I believe are a waste of taxpayers’ money.

I do not support or belong to any political party but I am a volunteer for senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares. I am also voting for #OtsoDiretso plus two :Neri Colmenares and Leody de Guzman

She was a Senior Consultant for ALL media engagements for the PCOO-led Committee on Media Affairs & Strategic Communications (CMASC) under the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council from January 4 -July 5, 2017. Having been an ASEAN advocate since 2011, she has written extensively about the benefits of the ASEAN community and as a region of opportunities on Blog Watch and aboutmyrecovery.com.

Organization affiliation includes Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation

Updated April 20, 2019

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