Opinion on Philippine’s Cybercrime Law
Cyberspace World War – CYBERCRIME PREVENTION ACT 2012 Twitter, Facebook, Multiply, Tumblr, Wattpad, Youtube, Myspace, and other social-networking sites and blogs have been protesting last month all because of one law. It was just all because of one republic act that they did not even tried to read completely, the CYBERCRIME LAW. As written in the order of the congress, the Republic Act No. 0175, also known as the “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012” recognizes the importance of providing an environment conducive to the development, acceleration, and rational application and exploitation of information and communications technology to attain free, easy, and intelligible access to exchange and delivery of information and the need to protect and safeguard the integrity of computer, computer and communications systems, networks, and databases, and the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and data stored therein, from all forms of misuse, abuse, and illegal access by making punishable under the law such conduct or conducts. In short, this law was proposed to give punishment for those people who have committed crimes in relation with the internet and to give justice for those people they have done wrong.
To be honest, at first I was one of those billions of Filipinos who become a part of the protest for the Cybercrime Law on Facebook. I liked their posts about them being an Anti-Cybercrime Law supporter, but sorry to burst the bubbles of those who are still protesting, I never tried to change my profile picture nor my profile cover to a BLACK one. I just can’t see the essence of changing the pictures to black for the protest. Well, looking into the big picture, there are many benefits that us consumers will have once the law commences. One of these is the protection against unauthorized accesses to one’s personal computer or network or what we call ‘HACKING’.
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It was also stated that the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 provides safety and protection of the citizens from the dangerous happenings that the World Wide Web (WWW), particularly to Social-Networking sites like Facebook, have brought to them, not only to the adults, but also to the adolescent and the young, poor, innocent children who are being fooled and abused by people they just met through the use of these internet sites. After some Filipinos seen and heard about this, they were still protesting. In one segment of the news broadcast show I watched last September, some of our citizens are protesting as they were walking on the streets of Metro Manila for the reason that the implementation of Cybercrime Law will take away the FREEDOM OF SPEECH of the Filipinos.
Without the freedom of speech, we Filipinos especially the journalists will never have the right to speak of opinions about the happenings and the truth to each one of us. We will be like a society of HUMAN ROBOTS. But the execution of our freedom of expression was NOT EVEN A PART OF THE CYBERCRIME LAW. Try to look at it to realize. “Ninoy died for FREEDOM, Cory fought for FREEDOM, Noy-Noy KILLED FREEDOM” – a post I saw in Facebook the night after that. I’m wondering why some Filipinos just react like that without even trying to study and understand the Republic Act. The law was clarified by Sec. Lila De Lima on an interview last October 3 2012.
She said that the Cybercrime Prevention Act o 2012 will focus primarily on cybersex crimes, child pornography and lastly to the illegal access of the government sites done by protesters of the Cybercrime Law. I’m not against for those people protesting for the Cybercrime Act but maybe, just maybe, if the government would try to explain this law clearly to Juan Dela Cruz, I guess it’ll be easier for everyone. There may be some who will still be against it but on the contrary, they’ll understand it better. For now, to us bloggers, Facebookers, Twitter followers, Youtube subscribers, here’s a thing, Think before you speak out, Analyze before you React, and THINK before you CLICK!