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    Filipino photographers, videographers in danger

    THE House of Representatives in Manila has approved on second reading a measure that will penalize photographers and videographers who intrude on people’s privacy for profit or commercial purposes.
    Rep. Jorge Almonte (1st District, Misamis Occidental) on Thursday endorsed for plenary approval House Bill 4807, which substituted House Bill 3548 authored by Reps. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) and Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. (Party List, ABAMIN).
    "The measure shall curb acts of trespassing and other intrusions on personal privacy committed by any person in order to capture visual or sound impressions of an individual with intent to gain or profit," Almonte said.
    According to the authors, the privacy of individuals and their families has been violated by people who trespass through intrusive modern visual or auditory enhancement devices, such as powerful telephoto lenses and hyperbolic microphones.
    "Such harassment and trespassing threaten public and private persons and their families whom personal circumstances beyond their control create media interest," they said.
    House Bill 4807, also known as the Protection Against Personal Intrusion Act, shall promote and protect the personal privacy of every person by preventing intrusion for commercial purposes, and enjoining everyone to respect the dignity, personality, privacy and peace of mind of every person.
    Under the measure, it is unlawful to capture, or to trespass on private property in order to capture, any type of visual image, sound recording, or other physical impression of any individual, personal or family activity for commercial purposes and even if no physical trespass has occurred.
    The measure also allows the person whose visual image or auditory impression has been captured to file a civil action or proceeding to obtain any appropriate relief including compensatory damages, punitive damages, and injunctive of declaratory relief.
    Co-authors of the measure are Reps. Gwendolyn Garcia (3rd District, Cebu), Linabelle Ruth Villarica (4th District, Bulacan), Jose Atienza, Jr. (Party List, BUHAY), and Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan).
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