Philippine senator calls citizens to rally against the Cybercrime Law’s online libel

Online libel was deemed constitutional this week in the Philippines when the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, more commonly known as the Cybercrime Law, was put into effect. This has yet again become a controversial issue among citizens who fear curbs to their online freedom of expression. Philippine senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago is outraged by the ruling and has reacted by saying that the online libel clause is wrong and suggested that citizens stage protests.The new condition of online libel only limits punishment to the original author of an offending post, and doesn’t extend to the people who like and share such posts. Santiago calls this vague. “If they are not using their true identities, how are you going to go beyond what they profess to be their identities on the Internet? That is the main problem today,” she told Rappler.

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