Meanwhile in Philippines Land

In the past, the people of the United States have been threatened by various Internet related acts that were developed in an attempt to lessen Internet crime and piracy issues. These acts, such as SOPA and ACTA, did a bit more than they promised, and had certain parts within their texts that could be seen as unconstitutional due to privacy-related subjects. The US was spared from these laws, but now, way down in the magical land of the Philippines, a very similar law is going through their government system.

With this new law, the government will be able to “crack down” on cyber criminals that are performing malicious acts on the networks in their country. However, even if this law seems sugar-coated and safe, it has some suspicious texts as well that stand against the constitutional rights of the Philippine’s citizens. A month ago, the law was actually put into action, but due to intense protests and at least 15 humongous petitions made by the denizens of the country, the Philippine’s supreme court put a hold on the law, suspending it from the government for at least a month. In this time, the law will be reviewed and looked over to make sure that no rights are compromised throughout the text.

Most of the petitions leading to the law’s temporary dismissal only happened within the last couple of weeks, mainly because citizens realized that the law was prohibiting the silliest of things. Libel and other forms of “verbal aggression” were considered illegal through the act. That means that if you were to go on Facebook and call someone out and maybe call them a “silly man face that also cheats in Halo, lol noob” you could end up with a fine or jail time. Though nobody was accused of this since the time the law got passed, (who knows how, libel is a pretty big deal) the fact that such a little thing could leave you out of a lot of cash or time is absolutely preposterous. Hopefully the law won’t make it out of the court unless it is made to be constitutional and doesn’t contain ridiculous things. If this happens, the law could be a grace for the country, as the Philippines has a very strong virtual community that could be given less of a threatening environment.



11 thoughts on “Meanwhile in Philippines Land

  1. Wouldn’t that be overriding their freedom of speech? I think that the Philippines should have some sort of control over the their online issues, yet these news laws seem a little overbearing to me.

    • That’s why the law got put on hold. It did indeed override their right to free speech and was thusly unconstitutional. I’m very glad the Supreme Court was smart enough to put the law into stasis before it interfered with the lives of innocents.

    • Give an inch, take a mile kind of thing. Kind of scares me when I think about it. If anything really strict gets implemented, I would be afraid of the trickle down effect.

  2. From what I understood, this law is so wired, and the country has no control over these tings even if they pass a law that prohibits these things like this “not-understood” law !!

  3. Weird law. It seems to infringe on personal rights but at the same time grantees that criminals pay for cyber crimes adequately. Seems like an unfortunate catch 22, although I’m sure the government does not really care about its peoples views. Seems scandalous.

    • The idea of the law was a good thing, but the main problem is that the government didn’t know what to do with it and overdid it as a result to the point where it was just silly.

  4. I think that it is at least a well intentioned step by their government but lacks some critical thinking for the reasons we discussed in class. I am curious to know how many protests broke out over this law and if these protests were taken to the streets?

  5. To me, it makes sense that laws like this would be rarely enforced unless the Government wanted a reason to keep you in custody, while they look for evidence of other crimes they think you did… unless the government turns into China and censors EVERYTHING. Yeah, that actually happens…

  6. I kinda glad that they are trying to edit the law because if it actually turns out to help secure things of importance on the internet other countries could use this it as an example. But if governments are just going to make stupid laws to about things they really don’t understand fully then i would rather have things the way they are now.

    • I think the Philippines do need a good cybercrime law put into place and I really hope that the supreme court and the government can edit the law to the point where it is correct and just.

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