Youth Groups return to Supreme Court to call for the junk of Cyber Crime Law

 

Once again, the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) along with other youth groups and students publications came to a demonstration at the Supreme Court calling for the junking of the Cybercrime Law.

The recently approved RA 10175 has received massive criticism from writers, bloggers, netizens and many other groups citing that it stifles freedom of speech and allows the government too much power in both surveillance and censorship over the internet.

“Clearly the government has no intentions of stopping the controversial law even if the whole nation stood to be against it,” said Pauline Gidget Estella, CEGP-National President.

She added that “We will continue to defend our right to freedom of expression, not just in the cyber world but in the streets as well, until our government spares a moment to notice us and junk the law.”

During the protest, CEGP members and other participants posted tweets and statuses printed in papers in the gate of the Supreme Court. They believe that the Supreme Court may be ignoring their posts online and they decided to go offline to share their status in real time.

Meanwhile, Patricia Santos, CEGP VP for Luzon said that “We are challenging Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to prove that she will do her job and side the constitution and prove that she is not one of Noynoy’s winding toys.”

“We would also like to remind you, because it seems that you have forgotten, that you are public servants and it is your duty to hear the people.” Santos added.

“[The] People should not be afraid of their government, the government should be afraid of the people” Santos quoted from “V for Vendetta”.###

Pauline Gidget Estella

National President

College Editors Guild of the Philippines National Office

 

Patricia Santos

VP for Luzon

College Editors Guild of the Philippines National Office

0927.722.9632 

Charina Claustro
Media Liaison Officer
College Editors Guild of the Philippines National Office

0935.310.51.61 

 

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