MANILA, Philippines (19-March-12) —Kabataan Partylist Rep. Raymond V. Palatino questions the inclusion of online libel in the recent version of Cybercrime Bill, pending in Congress.
“The bill may be used to stifle freedom of expression, speech and the press and may violate the people’s right to privacy. The definition of ‘cybercrime’ in the bill is vague and its scope overly-broad that it may criminalize ordinary electronic activities of any Tom, Dick or Harry who uses the Internet, a mobile phone or any electronic device,” says Palatino, who voted “NO” for the passage of the Cybercrime bill in the 14th Congress.
The youth solon explained that there were “good amendments” in the present bill, the libel clause could be used by authorities and private entities to harass critics.
“It can be a weapon of abusive politicians and corrupt corporate bosses against netizens who wanted to expose the truth about their illegal activities,” the lawmaker explained.
Meanwhile, Palatino said that he and another partylist representative, Antonio Tinio of ACT Teachers, are scheduled to interpolate with the primary authors of the bill. [Noel Sales Barcelona/CBCPNews]