In as much as the Filipino netizens expressed their outrage in different social media sites with regards to the implementation of the R.A. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, most of them, I suppose, did not realize why we needed to protect the Philippine cyberspace! The Philippines is one of the most active country in terms of presence in the internet. We are consistently at the number 8 in most active country on Facebook and number 10 with most number of accounts on Twitter. If you’re aware, the surging cases of different crimes and similar cases of violence over the web, particularly in the Philippine cyberspace also has been very alarming this year. In fact, our country has become one destination for foreigners and cyber criminals to conduct the misuse of the web because internet in our country is wide open and is not covered by any law.
Take a look at the infographic below published by the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the Philippines as they revealed the facts of why we need to protect the Philippine cyberspace and (maybe) why it is just in time that we really need a law something like the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
THOU SHALT NOT FEAR THE CYBERCRIME LAW – PALACE
The Palace guaranteed that the Cybercrime Prevention law should not be feared by any Filipinos as it does not take any rights on them on the internet. In an official statement released yesterday, the Palace stressed out that the government entity is not taking any deprivation to anyone who wish to access the internet and exercise his or her basic rights in the web.
“Let us bear in mind the law that binds us all: the Constitution. Our Constitution is clear and uncompromising in the civil liberties it guarantees all our people. As the basic law, its guarantees cannot, and will not, be diminished or reduced by any law passed by Congress. The administration is equally adamant in upholding these liberties, which were regained at such high cost by our people. As the President said on September 27, the vigorous exchange of ideas that is the hallmark of a vibrant democracy, requires those who disagree not to oppress others.”
The Palace further encourages all stakeholders, especially those involved in hacking incidents of the government sites prior and during the implementation of the law, to actively participate with the Department of Justice through a discourse while drafting the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) so as to clearly address their concerns.
The Cybercrime Prevention Law is already at the second day of implementation today and there are already 9 petitions submitted in the DOJ including the one filed by Kabataan Partylist seeking to amend the law.
Image via WikiPilipinas
Last modified: October 4, 2012