The Stupid Manila Cybercrime law

While NPC says the law only targets bloggers, Atty. Argee Guevarra said it could “kill” social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc…) use in the country. Instead of approving the RH bill, this dumb government is looking for ways to silence activist netizens. Be sure to see how this law backfires on its backers

‘The National Press Club (NPC) has come out in surprise support for the newly enacted cybercrime law, claiming that the bill that expands coverage of libel only targets “so-called ‘bloggers’ and other unscrupulous authors.”

‘The NPC, in a press statement Monday, praised President Benigno Aquino for signing Republic Act 10175, and the law’s principal author Sen. Edgardo Angara.

‘NPC President Benny Antiporda said the new law “would help authorities in running after criminal elements to ply their trade in cyberspace while affording victims of these crimes to seek redress of their grievances.”

‘”At the same time, the NPC believes that responsible and legitimate members of the press should not entertain the thought that the law’s provision on libel would curtail or diminish our basic rights on freedom of expression and of free speech,” Antiporda said.

‘He did not mention that Section 4-C(4) of the law declares that online libel is now considered a cybercrime that can be punished under the Revised Penal Code.

‘”Antiporda noted that clearly, the target of the law’s punitive provisions, especially libel, are the so-called ‘bloggers’ and other unscrupulous authors of damaging remarks against any person,” the NPC statement said.

‘”Many of these often anonymous elements are masquerading as ‘legitimate’ members of the press,” the group added…’

Internet libel threatens Twitter, Facebook users: Atty. Argee Guevarra
‘The newly approved Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 threatens users of social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook, a lawyer said Monday.

‘Atty. Argee Guevarra said the law, which has been approved by Congress and signed by President Benigno Aquino is anti-democratic, goes against the freedom of expression, and unconstitutional.

‘He believes it curtails the Constitutional provision of freedom of expression.

‘Section 4-C(4) of the law, Republic Act No. 10175, declares that online libel is now considered a cybercrime that can be punished under the Revised Penal Code…’

Manila‘s Brand Value Graded Worst in Asia-Pacific
Manila has ‘worst’ brand value – survey
Not surprising for a stupid government

‘Manila has the “worst” brand value among 16 Asia-Pacific cities, according to the Location Branding 2012 report published by Public Affairs Asia and Ogilvy Public Relations.

‘In the City Brand Rankings, Manila had the lowest score with 5.6, along with Jakarta (5.9).

‘”The reputation of these two South East Asian nations is impeded by poor infrastructure, fears over safety, concern about corruption and regular word of mouth accounts of poor visitor experiences,” the report said.

‘The ranking is based on a survey of 300 senior corporate communications and public affairs practitioners operating in Asia Pacific between June 20 and August 21, 2012…’

The Top 5

1. Singapore 9.7
2. Hong Kong 9.5
3. Sydney 9.5
4. Tokyo 9.2
5. Melbourne 8.8

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