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Philippine Scene #16 - Republic Act 10175 Cyber Crime Law

Updated on October 4, 2012

UN supports the FREEDOM of EXPRESSION online as a basic HUMAN RIGHT!

It all started with Cyber Bullying

Two years ago (2010), I've written about the personal experience of my niece being bullied by her classmate via the chat box of Facebook in the internet.

When the article was published through this site, HubPages, a staff of the national television network (ABS-CBN Channel 2) sent me an e-mailed message that they're interested to interview my niece as they will be documenting episodes of bullying online.

Unfortunately, my sister (her mother) declined. She didn't want to share the incident in the national media.

Another television network (GMA Channel 7) followed through and they were able to acknowledge me as the author of the article.

With that hub, the Cyber Crime Division of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) were able to document series of cyber bullying in the Philippines.

I also made a Facebook Page, where I linked and posted news, blogs and posts regarding cyber bullying from around the world. Other pages helping to console victims of bullying are still increasing at the said social network.

With all the goings on around the world when it comes to internet activities, the Philippine Senate approved a bill into law that will start on October 3, 2012.

It is called Republic Act No.10175 or Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

Black Tuesday protest at the SupremeCourt - October 2,2012 (Photo Credit:
Black Tuesday protest at the SupremeCourt - October 2,2012 (Photo Credit:

Republic Act. No. 10175

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Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012

The most noted crimes that Republic Act 10175 is going to penalized are:

  1. Libel - harsh and maligning utterance or words to other people, especially government officers/servants. It's also synonymous with bullying. (Why can't they just concentrate on different types of bullying online?)
  2. Cyber Sex - online act of sexual perversion or live acts being viewed online. (It's been a long time problem since the dawn of internet that is also related to online pornography.)
  3. Pornography - maintaining or advocating online sites regarding the subject. (It can also through blogging of having pages of nude photos or videos that also serves as link to products that an online user can buy.)

The usage of internet as a tool for communication should never be abused,as stressed by the said act.

There are provisions that are detrimental to the masses, that's why it resulted to massive protests by online hackers.

Most of the netizens found out that the freedom of expression is being suppressed by the new cybercrime law and it will literally shut down the mouths of active online users in order to avoid scenarios of being caught and thrown into jail without the necessary due process.

Most of Filipino online users at Facebook or Twitter are now sharing and tweeting similar sentiments that can put the nation into the dark age in social media as more and more users are putting a black profile on their account. (I'm still contemplating if it's necessary.)

More so, there's an ongoing campaign against the main author of the law that was signed by no-less than the President, His Excellency Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III (P-noy).

Senator Edgardo Angara, who's at the limelight being bombarded with distrust and negative messages from OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker's sites) and Hacktivists or Anonymous Philippines, to mention a few.

Online hackers are being subjected to ridicule by Philippine media as they trampled some government sites, where The National Telecommunications Commission, is one of it.

Funny thing, some senators who signed the bill into law are not aware of the full content of the act. They're now initiating a move to amend some provisions that will not hurt ordinary Filipinos who are using online media in contacting or messaging their loved ones, families or friends.

If only they had included the people through public consultation, the scenario of deactivating government sites online will not happen.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @kingphilipIV: After that 120-days of TRO? I'm sure there will be more bickering regarding the cybercrime law and those who are campaigning for their candidacy will use and ride with it. Sounds familiar, huh?!

      And this hub will also be updated, after three months.:)

      Thanks again, kabayan! :)

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      Ramphil Basco 5 years ago from Iloilo, Philippines

      I do agree with you kabayan. It should be BLACK PHILIPPINES. I don't know what will happen to us after 120 days of TRO. :(

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @kingphilipIV: Too much money had been wasted because of the passing of that law and the time spent by those main sponsors who always think of their own welfare, not of the people.

      At least, Senator Miriam Santiago took the hint when Anonymous Philippines and other support groups rallied publicly in front of the Supreme Court building.

      It's not only Black Tuesday; it should be Black Philippines. :(

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      Ramphil Basco 5 years ago from Iloilo, Philippines

      To those politicians, politics is truly a business kabayan. Thanks to the TRO of the Supreme Court. I hope that 120 days, the law will not be implemented anymore.

      I truly love and adore Sen. Mirriam for always on the side of most Filipino people.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @kingphilipIV: And to think, the Malacañan is already implementing it for fear that P-noy will also be impeached if the law will not be imposed.

      They're making a business out of politics, kabayan, sacrificing the welfare of the electorate.

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      Ramphil Basco 5 years ago from Iloilo, Philippines

      This law is truly a waste of money Kabayan. I don't know why they passed this kind of nonsense law. Now we know who are the people who doesn't deserve our vote in this forthcoming election.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Jhudah: Yes, that's true. Philippine politics are getting worse each year, although the battle cry of the present administration is Matuwid na Daan or Straight Road.

      I believed at first, but President P-noy's 3rd year is in the risk of being swallowed by the controversies of the 15th Congress and the forthcoming elections on 2013.

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      Jhudah 5 years ago

      I really don't like that law. And it's a shame for the senators who signed the bill without fully knowing what's in it. sigh. Politics here is getting really worst.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @kingphiliupIV: You're welcome, kabayan. We voted for them as senators, but they're not ready enough when signing a law, like this. Such a waste of money and time.

      Imagine, a Php50 million budget annually on this law will be allocated, when the absurdity of the real situation is not or will not be found in the internet but the ordinary people who are suffering from hunger, displacement or homelessness and diseases.

      They should concentrate on that social issue not the internet per se.

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      Ramphil Basco 5 years ago from Iloilo, Philippines

      Thanks kabayan for sharing this to us. You are truly right that there are some senators who signed the bill to become a law that are not aware of the full content of the act. I am not happy with the law.. :((


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