Melanie R. Montaño
College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines-Cebu
Youth groups celebrate last day of cyber freedom, vow to fight
Led by the Kabataan Partylist and College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) Cebu, youth groups celebrate the “last day of cyber freedom” through a cultural night with the title, Cyber Rights.
Cyber Rights is held on 5 February 2013, 6pm at The Outpost, Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu City, a day before the temporary restraining order (TRO) on the Republic Act (RA) 10175 or Cybercrime Law ends.
“We are reverberating our call to repeal of the Cybercrime Law through songs and poems tonight”, Melanie Montaño, CEGP Cebu Chairperson.
Cybercrime Law has earned criticisms from various sectors including lawyers, students and campus journalists.
Montaño said that the Cybercrime Law violates the following rights under the 1987 Philippine Constitution: freedom of speech, of expression and of the press; right against double jeopardy; and right to due process at the right to privacy among others.
“The Supreme Court and the Aquino government should fear the wrath of the youth and the people should they continue to push for the Cybercrime Law. Tonight may be the last day of our freedom but we vow to fight back for it more vigorously tomorrow and the days to come”, said Montaño.