Is DOJ’s Geronimo Sy blaming lawmakers for botched Cybercrime Law?

Exclusive By Raïssa Robles Justice Assistant Secretary Geronimo Sy announced at today’s 3rd Regional Cybercrime Conference that he has drafted a new Cybercrime Law that has no more provision on online libel. What Guillermo Sy didn’t mention during the conference was that he apparently blames lawmakers as the cause for the scuttling of the Cybercrime Law. You see, Geronimo Sy […]

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Why did four senators file nearly identical cybercrime bills?


Exclusive By Raïssa Robles Four senators filed Cybercrime Bills that were almost totally identical to each other and to the final bill that was signed into law late September by President Benigno Aquino III. The four were Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Edgardo Angara, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. The highly technical bills they filed were nearly […]

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Fr. Bernas calls Cybercrime Law “frightening”

Newsbytes By Raïssa Robles The Cybercrime Law is “partly good and partly chilling,” wrote Jesuit priest-lawyer Joaquin Bernas in his latest blog entry posted yesterday. Bernas explained why: As can easily be seen, the law deals not only with the most delicate rights of freedom of expression, freedom of communication, and the privacy of communication but also with the equally sacred […]

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Gov’t TV station invites me to anti-cybercrime law forum


PTV Station 4 asked me to join a TV forum today. I decided to say yes because I feel very strongly about this new law and I had recovered from the onset of a cold and cough. UPDATE as of 10:54 AM, Sept. 29, 2012: Replay of forum on PTV4 at 3:30 PM today Sept 29. Or you can now […]

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Who inserted that libel clause in the Cybercrime Law at the last minute?


Exclusive By Raïssa Robles Why, nobody else but Senator Vicente Sotto III. Because of Sotto, libel is now a crime that’s lumped together with cybersex, child porn and strangely enough, the electronic mailing of advertising spam. What makes the libel rider interesting is that it is SUCH a clumsy cut-and-paste job, without any attempt to take into account the nature […]

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