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Manila, Philippines - An alliance of youth organization against Cybercrime Law held a vigil and cultural night at 6 pm. In anticipation of the start of Supreme Court oral argument tomorrow.
The vigil, theme “we’re watching you,” was organized by Kabataan Partylist says no to cybercrimelaw alliance, which is comprised of Kabataan Parylist, the only youth group in Congress today, College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), the broadest and oldest alliance of student publication, League of Filipino Students, among others.
“This is so remind the Supreme Court justices that the people are watching them as they deliberate on a law that has a repressive capacity. Much has been said about the law , but almost everyone across different sectors of the society agrees that the ultimate consequence is suppression of freedom of expression in the internet,” said Pauline Gidget Estella, and national president of College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP).
The vigil will last 6 pm until the start of the multi-sectoral protest action on the next day of 10 am. In front of Supreme Court.
“The Cybercrime Law is riddled with dangerously vague provision and does not put premium on uploading human rights. With its problematic provisions, we fear that the law will only be used on the crackdown o progressive groups and individuals, instead of cybercriminals,” said Estella, citing the case of “Cyber Perling,” an environmental advocate in Cagayan Valley who was detained because of Facebook post.
“The law gives extraordinary power to the Dept. of Justice and Philippine National Police – the state in general, it is highly possible that the interpretation of vague provision lies on the understanding functionaries. Hence, it becomes a power struggle, with all the powers of the state against citizens whose only crime is to exercise their constitutional guaranteed right,” said Estella, citing the example of “due cause” as the only requirement for Philippine National Police to monitor Internet activities in the constitution or anywhere in Philippine laws.
“This is to show the Aquino government that the people will not just accept this law, not without the fiercest resistance, online or offline. It is ridiculous that the government has not noticed the many flaws of the law, which us to think that this may be adeliberate act, not just a matter of the president overlooking the flaws. The president should have a liability for signing the law,” said Estella.
Gregorio B. “Jhun” Dantes Jr.
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