Last Wednesday, 12 September 2012, the Republic Act No. 10175 or more known as the Anti-Cybercrime bill has been signed by the President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and therefore be effective within 90 days after the signing.
The goal of this bill enumerated in Chapter II of the Republic Act No. 10175 is to curb the crimes committed online like cybersex, child pornography, cybersquatting and identity theft, spamming or unsolicited commercial communication, computer-related forgery, illegal access to a computer system and/or illegal interception of data, data interference, including intentional alteration or damaging of data; system interference, including damaging or altering computer data or programs as well as the use of viruses, the misuse of devices; and the use, production, sale, procurement, importation, distribution or making available without right of malware, passwords or codes.
However, there is a provision in Section 6 of that law that would threaten the harmony and freedom of internet in our country that is penalizing every internet users from expressing something dissent to whom you criticizing by strengthening the libel as a crime in the cyber place which is contrary on 1987 Philippine Constitution, Article III, Section 4 states:
“No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.”
The passage of that bill will not address the problems of cyber crime, contrary on what the bill says as any persons who pisses off soon especially politicians and business corporations will use this bill to suppress any dissents of their actions and therefore suppressing dissents and criticisms would destroy the versatility and dynamics of the internet of our country. The passage of that bill will give a precedence for political tyrants in the future to restrict the Filipino people of internet access of all kinds of purposes like what China have right now.
Therefore, we the Filipino citizens who loves freedom, we must fight these politicians and their financiers until this law will be repealed.
Here is the entire copy of the newly-signed law: