February 5, 2013
CEGP-Bikol continues protest to repeal of Cybercrime Law
The Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) for the repressive Cybercrime Prevention Law is about to end however the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) – Bikol continues to protest for the repeal of the said law. Thus, the CEGP-Bikol condemns the PNoy Administration for its failure to conduct a comprehensive analysis on the said law and other existing laws affecting it.
To note, President Benigno Aquino III signed the Cybercrime Prevention Bill into law last September 12, 2012. It was about 11 years for the country to have a law on cybercrime but it only took days for the controversial bill to became a law.
“Its time frame is one of the basis why PNoy administration failed to analyze the controversial law,” Reynard Magtoto, CEGP-Bikol coordinator said.”Besides there are already existing laws penalizing cybersex and child pornography, and when these provisions are taken out, only the repressive provisions will remain.”
Magtoto added the whole adoption of libel clause in the Revised Penal Code (PRC) is an indication that the PNoy Adminstration misinterpreted the existing law.
“It is a manifestation of rejection to our Philippine constitution and they despise its own people for their Freedom to express and other human rights,” he added.
Once the Cybercrime Prevention Law implemented, the CEGP-Bikol wanted to remind the people that its State is definitely their enemy and villian towards responsible journalism.