Reports say Filipinos are sad and depressed in the Philippines

A 2012 World Happiness Report has reportedly ranked the Philippines “among the least happiest in Southeast Asia, or 103rd out of 155 surveyed countries worldwide.” That bit of news should be as welcome as a skin rash to advocates of the Philippine tourism slogan “It’s more fun in the Philippines”. It could actually lead them […]

Top lesson Filipinos have learned after two years of PNoy: Never trust anyone who says ‘trust me’

There is a saying: “Never trust anyone who says ‘trust me’.” Recent events have proven this statement true. On the mere basis of his pedigree and family name, then presidential candidate Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III repeatedly assured the electorate that he could be trusted. And they did. The man is now President of the […]

Hi-tech libel: Sec Leila De Lima guilty of spreading unverified info in 2011 persecution of Gloria Arroyo

After, a two-year track record of disrespecting governance institutions, undermining due process, and overall violating the public trust through its underhanded actions and bullying tactics, the Philippine Department of Justice (DOJ) now expects Filipinos to believe it when it says that it will not go after bloggers and Internet users who “like,” share, re-tweet, or […]

PNoy support for libel in RA 10175 preceded by hijacking of Facebook campaign page in 2010

Not surprising indeed, that Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III would continue to uphold the newly-enacted Republic Act 10175 a.k.a. the Philippine Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 despite mounting public outrage. Aquino was reportedly quite specific about which aspect of the new law he believes should remain… “I do not agree that it [the […]

First test of Ph anti-cybercrime law may involve Tito Sotto kin

It may be an ironic first test of the Philippines’ newly-minted Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. News broke this morning of what could be the first high-profile incidence of cyber-bullying over social networking giant Facebook since RA 10175 came into effect. The incident involved a nephew of embattled Philippine Senator […]

Lawmakers who rushed to pass Cybercrime Law are now rushing to amend it

There is enough evidence to suggest that the passing of the Cybercrime Law was railroaded or rushed to avoid further scrutiny by the members of Congress. First, Senator Chiz Escudero quickly admitted “it was a personal oversight that the clause including libel among the crimes punishable under the new law was inserted in the committee […]

The cybercrime of libel and why Maria Ressa may have compromised the mission of Rappler dot com

As the debate over the prospect of the continued efficacy, eventual repeal, or possible amendment of the recently-enacted Republic Act 10175 (a.k.a. the Philippine Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012) lights up the Philippine social media “activism” scene, there remains the elephant in the room highlighted by blogger Jaime Oscar Salazar who goes by the handle […]

Cybercrime: US laws seek to protect ideas, Philippine laws seek to protect people

Comparable to Filipinos’ battle versus Republic Act 10175 (a.k.a. the Philippine Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012), their government’s assault on their cherished right of freedom of speech, is America’s own successfully-waged war versus their government’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill which sought to implement measures that would have enabled the US Government to control […]