- Posted October 8, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Cyber-Martial Law in the Philippines
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
“If it became fully successful, there will be no freedom of speech.” said Roamianne, a Filipino student who is against the Cybercrime law. Filipino youth activists believes the freedom of speech was affected due to certain rules implied such as “Real-Time Collection of Traffic Data”, and especially in Section 19, summarised that “When a computer data is prima facie found to be in violation......the DOJ (Department of Justice) shall issue an order to restrict or block access to such computer data.”
Moreover, Philippine legislators like Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero filed a petition to junk the 'Online Libel' part, also Senator Miriam Santiago said via Twitter. “Well, I'm going to say, as long as I know that I'm RIGHT. #NotoCyberCrimeLaw.” There's a movement proposed by Kabataan(Youth) Partylist, a Filipino youth political party, to junk the Cybercrime law, that will be delivered to President of the Philippines, the Supreme Court and the Congress, and it requires petitioners to take part of it.
As seen in social media like Facebook and Twitter, many Filipino changed their profile picture into black image to show their protest against the law. “At some point, there are few parts I agree, but there are also parts that I don't.” said Pauline, a Filipino student.
“I'm pro for the idea of supposed justice and equality on the internet, but I'd like to see some revisions done, particularly in the provision about libel,” said Angelo, a Filipino student. Asking how does the Cybercrime law affected him, “It doesn't affects me greatly, cause when you see it in another light, it doesn't oppress the freedom of expression, but it actually promotes the refinement of the freedom of expression, it endorses to express in a mature and productive way.” he added.
Photo by: JC Jamoralin