The BANGKO SENTRAL NG PILIPINAS WEBSITE at http://www.bsp.gov.phÂ HAS BEEN HACKED!Â This is what our government gets when our legislators dare pass a cybercrime bill that’s impotent!
The Philippine Government has just passed a bill that effectively ends the Freedom of Expression in the Philippines.The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 is the most notorious act ever witnessed in the cyber-history of the Philippines,Â and the language of the bill is cunningly designed to make you think it only applies to individuals who are deep inÂ cyber-technology and doesn’t apply to everyone, but some part of the bill basically says it can imprison anyone whocommits libel either by written messages, comments, blogs, or posts in sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or any otherÂ comment-spaces of other social media in the Internet.New technologies give us new opportunities to connect with a lot of people not only in this country but all over the world.Â They can also provide us with a medium through which our political, public and even private views can have an immediate andÂ direct impact on individuals, communities and even countries. It is just so disappointing that our government, in adoptingÂ our 80-year-old antiquated libel laws to the Cybercrime Law, again seems to have retarded our march with the rest of the worldÂ with respect to giving full force to the people’s freedom of expression.
We ask for a revision of the said bill for the betterment of the Filipino denizens.
Protect our Right to Freedom of Expression!
busabos | Anonymous Butuan | PrivateX | #pR.is0n3r
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Our Kung Fu isn’t good enough yet our legislators dare pass a cybercrime bill that’s impotent! Short term solution to hacked servers? Put in place a Geo-Lookup but this blocks all visitors originating from a certain locality. The long term solution, Â set up a reverse proxy to filter DDoS attacks.
Were those congressmen and senators who voted for the passage of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012,Â Â even know that a DDoS attack is almost impossible to trace because of its distributed nature? Is the reason for rushing this “hilaw” law an effort to cover their backs?
The insertion of the “libel” provision of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, just reeks of “pwede na yan” mentality:
“(4) Libel. â€“ The unlawful or prohibited acts of libel as defined in Article 355 of the Revised Penal Code, as amended committed through a computer system or any other similar means which may be devised in the future.”
Libel is a crime against honor as defined by law, but how would one measure honor especially with a politician whose got not much to show for except that protocol address as “Honorable” Senator Kumag, “Honorable”Â congressman Buwaya, “Honorable”Â Councilor Epal and so on and so forth.
And how would one define what is malicious online? Would the literary style of Professional Heckler, be defined as one? If one is aware of what parodies are , then that’s how one will take it. Just take this hilarious excerpt during the impeachment trial:
“Presiding Officer Kris Aquino (PO Kris):
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Senate and our beloved countrymen,
Today, we begin to perform a solemn task that the sovereign people, through the Constitution they ordained, have reposed upon us, the Senators of the Republic. We convene as a body of jurors to try and render judgment on theâ€¦ Gosh this is too serious. Can we just shorten this opening statement? Masyadong mahaba eh, sayang ang oras! May shoot pa ko later tonight. Basta pangako ko, Iâ€™ll be fair kahit brother ko ang presidente. Kung ayaw nâ€™yong maniwala, care bears! Aha-ha-ha. â€˜Yon na â€˜yon! Care Bears! Introduce na lang yourselves. Sige na. Wait, para maka-relate ang viewers, â€˜yong prosecution, Team Edward sila. â€˜Yong defense, Team Jacob naman, ok? Letâ€™s have Team Edward first. Go!”
Should it be the Professional Hecklers’ problem, if some “educated” people just can’t get a literary style and would rather take it personally?
Most of all, how would “Proof of the truth” be established? What amount of pinging an I.P. would secure a sure information? A subpoena isn’t enough to confirm if an account was hacked and the owner of a said account is indeed liable for a libelous post. Would most Public Attorneys go to such extreme to defend a client just to prove innocence? I wonder if those in the judiciary who voted for this law are even knowledgeable of the difference between a DoS and DDoS?
Yet another face palm on the legislative branch.
What’s the ulterior motive on EXPEDITING the CYBERCRIME LAW when the FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT is what is most needed for that elusive “Tuwid na daan”?
So please, Filipino citizens, I IMPLORE YOU, 2013 is coming – STOP ELECTING politicians who are more dependent on their staff for work mandated to them. LET US PUT A STOP TO MEDIOCRACY.
LET US NOT DEPEND ON WHAT THE EYES CAN SEE, THE INTERNET HAS A PURPOSE OTHER THAN SOCIALIZING- DIG INFORMATION AND ARM YOURSELVES WELL!
ELECT ONLY THOSE WHO WORK FOR A CAUSE, NOT FOR APPLAUSE!
Mike is the author of “Minsan may Isang Puta”, an allegory which has been circulating since 2004 and with over 50,000 likes and shares in social media alone. It won a film grant in 2010 to be included in the multi-narrative Indie film “Ganap na Babae” (International title: Garden of Eve). The teaser, reviews and commentaries are here. The movie was honored as Cinemalaya 2010’s opening film and has won international and local recognition.
The royalties from the initial 150 copies of Mike’s first sole-authored book, The Dove Files, went to a Project Malasakit scholar who graduated Cum Laude in April 2013, the rest was also paid forward to baby Mark who underwent a liver transplant in March 2013.
Part of the royalties of the “Minsan may Isang Puta” book at Barnes and Noble Online goes to support the education of a young Yolanda survivor taking up B.S. Accounting at U.P. Tacloban.