The Republic Act No. 10175 or the “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012” is to take effect on October 3, 2012. Millions of Filipino internet users are against the law because it is believed that it is unconstitutional. Anyone posting a libelous comment online, be it on Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else, could face a maximum prison sentence of 12 years and a fine of one million pesos ($24,000). Also, according to a law expert JJ Disini, said in the forum organized by Senator Teofisto “TG” Guingona that under the new law, people can even be be sued for old Internet posts. The RA 10175 may be a helpful to fight cyber-crime, cyber-piracy, and cyber-bullying but maybe there is a need to review and revise the said act. The petitioners says that the law infringes on freedom of expression, due process, equal protection and privacy of communication. Read the full text of cybercrime law.
Do I need to find an attorney now? Just to make sure that whenever I write an opinion here in my blog will not be libelous or not against the Republic Act 10175. How about you? What is your view about the Cybcrime Law? We, as a Filipino Citizen, it is our responsibility to be aware of everything especially with the law and constitution. Remember, your ignorance is their power and ignorance of the law excuses no one.
>> Download the Full Text of RA 10175: Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (PDF)