CEGP-Lanao: NOT JUST EXTENSION OF TRO—SCRAP CYBER LAW

Reference:

Janne Claudian Salvaña

Spokesperson

College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Lanao

Lanao Guilders appeal to move to JUNK Cybercrime Law.

Kay unang-una, unconstitutional siya.Ug daghan nang mga provisions na vague. (First of all, the Cybercrime Law is unconstitutional. A lot of its provisions are vague, too.),” said Janne Claudian Salvaña, CEGP-Lanao Coordinator. Plus, behind the passage of CCL is to silence the brewing opposition against the popular regime.

“The President should safeguard the democratic rights of the people. Pero iyang ginabuhat (through the cybercrime law), iya pang ginatangal sa ato (the Rights) ug ginabuhat pa nila [President] Aquino karon, gina disregard niya ang Freedom of Expression.” (The President should safeguard the democratic rights of the people. But of what he was doing now, He’s taking it away from us. And instead, they are disregarding our freedom of expression)

Salvaña also said that the Cybercrime Law is a revelation and part of the plans of the administration “to control the few unbridled democratic space of the country”, taking away the basic rights of a citizen.

“We were all surprised by the sudden injection of the libel clause to the Law,” said Riz Sunio, CEGP-MSU Marawi Secretary General. “It’s a dangerous move against the practicing and campus journalists especially that the cyber space is the only outlet of the people for genuine Freedom of Expression. Internet expression is not hampered by any gatekeepers so people can address their grievances and for the press to be efficient watchdogs.”

“Not only the internet freedom taken away. The regime is demolishing our civil rights. Yet, we will not just stand and watch. We are called to defend our rights to the freedom of expression both in the virtual and the real world,” Salvaña expressed.

With the extension of the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) of Cybercrime Law issued by the Supreme Court, the Guild rejoices but it does not stop them.

“Dako siyang kadaugan kay na-extend and TRO. Pero kami sa CEGP Lanao, dili lang mao ni ang among panawagan, DAPAT i-junk siya (It’s a great victory that the TRO was extended. But we in CEGP Lanao doesn’t only calls for extention but to completely junk the Law),” said Salvaña.

“Tungod sa sama-samang  pagkilos ng mga estudyante, mga mamamahayag, mga campus journalist, mass organizations, ug iba pang mga sector,  na extend ang temporary restraining order ng anti-cybercrime law, unsa pa kaha kung magtabang-tabang ang tanang katawhan sa Pilipinas para ma-junk ang Law? (The Cybercrime Law TRO was extended because of the move from journalists, broadcasters, campus journalists, and other sectors. How much more if all the Filipinos would join together in junking the Law)” he added

The Chapter will will continue with its anti-cybercrime law campaigns tomorrow. The guild from each formation will still be holding protest activities in their respective places against the Law.

Activities will be signature campaigns in different schools in Lanao, leafleting, distribution of anti-cybercrime stickers, posterings, and information campaigns

Radio hopping in radio stations will also be done.

“Dako siya (activities tomorrow) ma tabang na ma-push through ang pag-junk ug mapakita (government and citizens of Lanao) na ang mga estudyante  sa Lanao na dili jud sila ganahan sa anti-cybercrime law (The activities tomorrow would be a big contribution in junking the Law and to let the government know that the students of Lanao is opposing against cybercrime law),”  said CEGP Lanao Deputy Secretary Rochamae Bihag.  ###

JUNK CYBERCRIME LAW!

UPHOLD PRESS FREEDOM!

 

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