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Angaras’ bills decriminalizing libel conflict with cybercrime law provisions

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Senator Edgardo Angara (left) and Representative Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara

MANILA, Philippines—Are the two Angaras in both chambers of Congress seeing eye to eye on how to punish libel?

Both outgoing Senator Edgardo Angara and his son Representative Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara are authors of separate bills seeking to decriminalize libel “in the light of protecting the right to speech and self-expression.”

But unlike his son, Senator Angara is the main proponent of the Cybercrime Prevention Act, which raises one degree higher the penalty the crime of libel under the Revised Penal Code if committed online, say, through Facebook or Twitter.

The senator, who is set to run for Aurora governor, sponsored the measure, meaning he defended it on the floor. Senate records showed that he acceded to Sen. Vicente Sotto III’s proposal to include a libel clause during the period of amendments last January.

Sonny Angara, a candidate for senator in the 2013 elections, said on Thursday they had not really sat down to talk about the issue of libel. He said the closest they got to a formal discussion was when they jointly faced the Senate media after he filed his certificate of candidacy Wednesday.

The younger Angara said he was not sure if his father knew about his bill decriminalizing libel. Nor was he sure if his father had a similar initiative at the Senate. Apparently, Senator Angara has one, too, in Senate Bill No. 2053. (And a check of their bills showed that they have the same introductory notes.)

SB 2053 is basically the same as the younger Angara’s House Bill No. 476, which has been pending at the committee on revision of laws since July 2010.

Asked if he and his father disagreed on how to penalize libel, Representative Angara said in Filipino: “Perhaps, in terms of details. But in terms of philosophy, I don’t think so.”

“We’re both open to decriminalizing libel, but it’s just more overt in my case,” he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a phone interview.

In the explanatory note to their respective bills, the Angaras said: “It is not our intent in this proposal to downplay the importance of one’s privacy and the right of a person to be free from public and malicious imputation of a crime….”

“But the penalty of imprisonment that goes with libel is, to our opinion, not commensurate to the act being penalized,” they added.

At the House of Representatives, there are at least six measures filed to remove the criminal aspect of libel. There are at least five such bills in the Senate. Sen. Manuel Villar has one that seeks to cover libel committed through “electronic media such as, but not limited to, the Internet.”

“Unfortunately, unscrupulous individuals have found and exploited with impunity a new avenue to defame another—through the use of the electronic media (i.e. blogs, Facebook or Twitter, etc.),” Villar explained in his bill.

“This is brought about by the uncertainty in the Philippine laws on libel which arguably did not include publication through electronic means.”

The new Cybercrime Prevention Act now covers online libel, much to the chagrin of Internet users (or so-called “netizens), including journalists.

Representative Angara described the outrage as “legitimate,” but said much of the fear was triggered by “misunderstanding.”

“It doesn’t mean that just because you ‘retweeted’ or ‘liked’ something, you would already be liable for libel,” he explained. “If you do it in good faith, then there’s no problem. Many people don’t know the existing jurisprudence on libel.”

Prior to the passage of the new law, he said conviction was rare under the libel provision in the Revised Penal Code because a journalist, for example, “can always claim good faith.”

A related House bill removes the penalty of imprisonment and instead increases the existing fine of P200 to P6,000 and P100,000 to P300,000.


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  • patriotic_act

    Then leave the Cybercrime Bill out of it, and concentrate on the amendment or complete removal of the Libel Clause..

    plain and easy.. and all will be happy 

    • pangitbudhiko

      i would suggestr junking the entire cyber law   and leave it at that

      • Dennis

        Cyberrcrime law will teach the people on how to be responsible. Socially responsible

      • patriotic_act

        Yep, the cybercrime law will be a pain in the neck for “spammers”, “Scammers”, “Hackers” and other people who take advantage of others using technology and the internet.

        The Libel Clause will suppress critics who abuse the freedom of speech and the worldwide scope of the internet thus is indeed in great conflict with one of the sections of our 1987 constitution.

        Because the 1987 constitution’s framers are not “visionaries” they didnt see the advent of new media and technology that will become the “internet” thus they failed to frame a proper law which is “adaptable” to change.

        But since it is already written and implemented, we have no other choice but to amend the Libel Clause into something “un-suppressive” to the norms of the internet and new media in accordance to our constitution to have a “valid argument” when this is deliberated next tuesday.

        the Cybercrime Law on the other hand IS what we need to address the growing crimes and abuses using the internet, it is what we need to keep the cyber criminals in check.. its not because the internet is a free world so they say can mean that those who can manipulate and take advantage of it can simply do it anytime without being reprimanded.. because that can no longer be called “freedom”.. because there are people being abused by it.. how about the victim’s “freedom to justice”?

        thats why it is only fitting that we support the main Cyber Crime Law and either amend or remove the controversial “Libel Clause”.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

        No, don’t remove…. kung me libel in PRINT/ORAL, why not ONLINE? Sabi nga ni Sen. Sotto, eh tanggalin na lang lahat (LIBEL from our revised penal code) para patas…

      • patriotic_act

        Actually ok naman talaga sakin na wag tanggalin yung Libel Clause.. eh problema kasi vague sya, kailangan gawin muna syang “modern” to cater to the “New Media” like the Internet/Social Networking, Blogs and Forum Sites..

        Yung Libel kasi sa revised penal code eh pang print yun, magazines, newspapers and other publications.. eh ginamit yun to cater the internet which is “hindi naman ginawa para dun”..

        so we can amend it a little para maging modernize version ng Libel directly catering the new media.. atleast wala ng masasabi yung mga tao.

        eh since malapit na election.. so expect na natin na maraming magiging sunud sunuran sa mga wisho ng botante.

      • patriotic_act

        Yep that’s the essence of democracy you have the right to suggest that..

        And I also have that same right to suggest to leave the Cyber Law as is and either junk the Libel Clause or amend it.

  • $14334231

    if you haven’t done anything wrong, NO ONE will excruciate you of wrongdoings…this cybercrime provision is being pushed because most politicians wants to hide their immoral acts on this proposed law…..our freedom of speech and expression are now under micro management by these politicians….sotto, who is being hammered left and right is one happy “politico” if this bill is passed……

    • http://twitter.com/regoberto2010 regoberto

      the bill has been passed and it is now a law, so Sotto is really happy now.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I56ZHN6QE2QLEWKPD5HR7SOOC4 Frank

        let’s be happy too! hooray Cyber Crime Law! Hooray!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6CZEHJRQFFKDFLGYCVCEAWCKUM Melchor

        Hooray! Yes to cybercrime law!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

        HOOOORAY!!!!

      • Dennis

        Yes. Kasi alam ni Sotto na kailangan ito ng bansa. At alam din ni Noynoy na makakabuti ito kaya niya pinirmahan ang batas na ito.

      • Dennis

        And hindi dapat sisihin si Sotto at ibang senador na pumirma sa batas na ito. Kailangan ito kaya naipasa ito.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

        Ang dapat sisihin ay mga mapanirang netizens di ba… di lang naman si Sen Sotto ang ina atake ah, kahit ultimo presidente natin, mga walang respeto.. ngayon kung gusto nila ng respeto mula sa kapwa, eh marunong silang rumispeto sa kani kanilang sarili….

      • jrmagtago

        THOSE NETIZENS ARE JUST EXPRESSING THEIR CRITICISM 
        AT SAKA NASA DEMOKRASYA TAYO NA DAPAT TANGGAPIN NATIN KUNG NEGATIBO O POSITBO ANG ISANG TAO SA INTERNET YUN LANG TAPOS!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/T3BBJJTKTWZAREINLH6VAEQDY4 junrey

         Tinanong ba ng mga taong pumirma sa bill na ito kung alam ba talaga kung anu meron sa cyber world? May mga facebook at tweeter ba ang taong ito? “meron seguro pero staff nila ang gumawa!!! hahhaahaha,,, kailan ba sila isinilang? sa panahon ba ni Lapu Lapu at Dagohoy? na kung saan ang mga tao sa panahong ito hindi naniniwala na ang BAKAL ay lulutang sa tubig at lilipas sa eri? Dapat seguro bumalik kayo sa panahon ni Magellan!!! Idilat nyu na po ang mga mata ninyo baka mapag iwanan kayo ng panahon. Di na po uso ngayon ang telegrama at sulat!!!! chat at txt na po!!!!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMLHIS4FPRM4DHCZV2FA4YILEM Precious

        Hindi dahil nagset ng limit ang gobyerno ay dinedeprive na nila ang kalayaan natin. Ang ooa niyo.!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6CZEHJRQFFKDFLGYCVCEAWCKUM Melchor

        yes He is. He is happy that the people now will learn how to respect others.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMLHIS4FPRM4DHCZV2FA4YILEM Precious

      No. Hindi mo alam ang pinagsasasabi mo. Puro lang politiko ang tinitignan mo.. Yung mga tao sa bansang to. Mas marami sila. Mas marami silang maling ginagawa. Ngayon, pipigilan sila ng gobyerno kaya ayan, mga naghihimutok.

      • rezli

        Simple lang, kung balat sibuyas ka, wag kang papasok sa pulitika, dapat si sotto doon nalang siya sa “wanbul university at mag patawa, may pupuna man sa kanya kunti lang. Walang sino man ang maka pag tago sa technology.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

        eh ikaw nga nagtatago sa technology ah… sige nga lumantad ka nga?

      • rezli

        bakit taga hanga ba kita..?? hehehehe….

      • rezli

        Eto ang tunay na pangalan ko, at di ako natatago kanino man. Kung gusto mo ako makita ng personal pag bibigyan kita, dito lang ako sa south com.mindanao..

      • $14334231

        why not politicians…they’re the ones that makes the law of the land….what is happening is we are inching closer to becoming a socialist country…..if this is what you prefer, you are free to leave and go to china, or russia, or somewhere where socialism is their form of governement…philippines is a free and democratic country…our forefathers fought for this and now, they’re trying to change the course of our history…..are they planning to do a martial law II?….this must be the plot of your party….UNA…..you are probably one their paid lip servers…..you’re pathetic…..

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

        Just live with our laws, especially the new provision, online libel, if not you are free to move out of the Philippines… go to the US, there is no law on LIBEL… be it in PRINT/ORAL or ONLINE…. now na… go go … LOL…

      • $14334231

        and how many of our politicians really abide by our laws?….you could be one of them too…and about me leaving the country?…not on your life!…..i am a true filipino that will fight tooth and nail to preserve my freedom of speech and expression and above all, my liberty…..unlike you, paid for by my taxes…..

  • pangitbudhiko

    sonny yes its rare, but at the end of the day an ordinary pinoy will have to shell out some moolah to defend his right. In short Pahirap kayo sa bayan. What does that  mean, dapat hindi kayo iboto sa senado. That is the only way to look at it.
    Instead making laws that will make life easier, here you are enacting law making it hard for any Juan dela cruz life easier.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I56ZHN6QE2QLEWKPD5HR7SOOC4 Frank

      you’re just making it hard for yourself

      • pangitbudhiko

        no I am not making it hard for myself. I am trying to make pinoy who are blindly following this sttttup[id law to wake up and stand for their rights and be counted

    • Dennis

      This will not be hard actually. Magiging mahirap lang kung hindi magiging bukas ang isip natin sa mga bagay bagay na nangyayari satin. We need this for us to be socially responsible. 

      • pangitbudhiko

        so you mean to say ang mga pinoy who are using the internet  are not socially responsible before this law was enacted. Even  in the states when Obama address the United Nation several weeks ago he was emphazising that the american has the freedom to write and say what they want  and that is the first amendment of the United states (infringing the freedom of speech)

        Now with the cyber law enacted in the Philippines, kaparehas na ang Pilipinas ng Bansang Iran at North Korea. If that is they way you want to leave in a very strict society the I would suggest that you move in to Iran or North Korea

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

        if you can’t live with our laws, especially the latest one, I suggest that you move out of the Philippines and go to the US, now na!!!!

      • pangitbudhiko

        Jezzrel, Oh, I have  left the country long time ago. Nababahala lang ako sa mga kamaganak ko na nasa Pilipinas pa. Akalain mo maging batas itong cyber law sa dahilang ayan ni sotto na siya ay batikusin..

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4UZLIVW2HOLAEEGKEYEOUCTUY Jonathan

         yes! di tayo socially responsible sa paggamit ng internet! bat siya ang palilipatin mo sa korea?! ikaw ang umalis sa pilipinas kung ayaw mong batas dito!

      • pangitbudhiko

        wala ako sa pinas, ang mga pinoy nga naman, sinisikil na ang isa sa kanilang karapatan ay okay lang sayo. kaya ang mga hunghang na mga politiko ay gagawin ang kanyang gusto kahit ano ang mangyari dahil alam ng mga politiko na walang papalag na pinoy. Kawawang Pilipinas.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMLHIS4FPRM4DHCZV2FA4YILEM Precious

      Ginagawa lang ng Gobyerno ang trabaho nila. Hindi ka ba aware sa laganap na cybercrime? tama lang na nagset ng limit ng Gobyerno..

      • pangitbudhiko

        so ano ang mga cyber crime ang mga binabangit mo. alam ko ang cyber crime na nagaganap ay ay phishing sa internet, hacking and child ppppornnnography, but not libel nobody has been charge for libel using the social media only in the philippines

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

        kaya nga ginawang provision yong online libel eh.. para magkaroon ng makukulong sa mga mapanirang netizens sa kanilang kapwa pag convicted sila….

      • jrmagtago

        PERO ITONG BATAS NA ITO AY MATAAS ANG PARUSA SA PAGKAKULUNGAN KATULAD NG PUMATAY NA DI MAKATARUNGAN PAG KINASUHAN KA NG LIBEL BY CYBERCRIME LAW NA SA REVISED PENAL CODE AY ONLY 6 MONTHS-6YEARS NA PAGKAKAKULONG

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4UZLIVW2HOLAEEGKEYEOUCTUY Jonathan

         so anong problema dun?! wag kang gumawa ng mali ng wala kang problema!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4UZLIVW2HOLAEEGKEYEOUCTUY Jonathan

         pwes wala kang magagawa nasa pilipinas ka e! kaya sumunod ka na lang! kung ayaw mo dito malaya kang makaaalis sa bansa!

    • rezli

      Bawal po, na tuligsain sila at punain yung mga ginagawa nilang mali, tulad ng pag kurakot sa mga pundo nila sa “Ghost Project”  para sa pundo ng mga negosyo nila, itong mga laos na artista rin,papasok narin sila sa pulitika dahil malaki ang kita, sa madalit salita ginawa na nilang hanap buhay ang pulitika.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

        hindi bawal, tuligsain mo basta kaya mong isubstantiate ang allegation mo sa mga pulitiko…kung may pruweba ka, hindi ka pinagbabawalan ilabas ang opinyon mo… free ka pa rin ilabas, pero be ready to face the possible consequences if ever na sabihing libelous ang mga tuligsa mo….

      • jrmagtago

        YUN NGA ANG PROBLEMA DITO SA ATING BANSA NA DAPAT BAGUHIN NA ANG SISTEMA.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4UZLIVW2HOLAEEGKEYEOUCTUY Jonathan

         bago ang sistema ng bansa ang baguhin sarili muna natin! pano mababago ang isang bagay kung mismong sarili mo hindi marunong sumunod ng maayos sa batas..!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GUMSE6VW7E7UPX7UMCE7U5YLDM Macky

      may mga senador talaga na wala naman talaga nagagawa para sa  bayan nila e. puro nlang papogi pagwapo at puro porma na lang ang alam. puro pa bango nga pangalan for short ang tinutukoy ko walang iba kundi si Chiz Escudero.wala naman syang nagawa sa bayan natin.

  • opinyonlangpo

    The damage has been done. Lets just see what will be the consequences of this law both to the authors, sponsors, signatories and to all Filipinos.

    • Dennis

      And kung mapabuti nitong batas na ito ang ating bansa, well, sorry for those people who judged the authors, sponsors, and signatories of this law.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/T3BBJJTKTWZAREINLH6VAEQDY4 junrey

         kailan pa naging mabuti ang lagay ng bansa? Death Penalty Law sana ang ginawa nila sa mga POLITIKONG MAGNANAKAW!!!! kahit ilan pang walang kwentang batas ang ikakasa nila!!!! wala pa ring mangyayari hanggat may MAGNANAKAW SA GOBYERNO!!!! BOOOMMMM!!!!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6CZEHJRQFFKDFLGYCVCEAWCKUM Melchor

        san mo naman nalaman yan? husga? hula? anong alam mo? may naitutulong ka ba  para mapabuti ang kalagayan ng bansa? kaya nga ginawa ang cybercrime law para unti unting matuto ang tao at unti unting mapabbuti ang lagay ng bansa. hindi naman biglaan dapat. intindihin kasi!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I56ZHN6QE2QLEWKPD5HR7SOOC4 Frank

        iba ang pagpapaunlad ng bansa sa pagsasaayos ng bansa

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

        eh sinong nag abolish ng death penalty??? Sa kaninong rehimen???

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4UZLIVW2HOLAEEGKEYEOUCTUY Jonathan

         boy pick up ka pala e..pick up ng pick up ng maling impormasyon! san mo nakuha to?! alamin bago magreact!

      • zkenpachi

        not going to happen… Cyber Crime Law? explore d’ Cyber World first… hirap e_trace ang mga hacker…

      • opinyonlangpo

        There are so many good points in the law and it is helpful to the Filipinos’ fight against cyber crimes. A single insertion of the libel part spoiled all of it. The part which states that any one commenting on any other party or liking the comment . . . . . . .whether REAL  or NOT  is liable for libel with penalties heavier than murder or rape. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OOJTXMXSRBD3F3DJUL3UQIX3OU Joy

      Damage? damage agad? hindi mo pa nga nakikita ang resulta eh..

      • opinyonlangpo

        I have seen it. Its just you who is not seeing it. Use your eyes, have you noticed why so many comments are blocked or redacted or deleted? If you are a regular commenter who voice out opinions through forums like this then you should “SEE” the difference. Consider your own comment as directed to you. Thanks for the attention.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4UZLIVW2HOLAEEGKEYEOUCTUY Jonathan

         hahaha..pacenxa ka na joy.. di siya aware sa ngyayare e.. hahaha…

  • simondj

    ang tao kasi puro haka, puro experemento, dagdag doon bawas dito, kopya doon kopya dito. conclusion dito conclusion doon,, simple lang po iyan,,, just follow the golden rule.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GUMSE6VW7E7UPX7UMCE7U5YLDM Macky

      puro ka doon at dito. mas maganda kung doon ka dito ako.alam mo ba yang golden rule na sinasabi mo? 

      • simondj

        “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4UZLIVW2HOLAEEGKEYEOUCTUY Jonathan

         wow nagsalita ng propeta.. baka bumalik sau ang sinasabe mo!

  • Nikky Jamito Caramoan

    Looks like i wont be voting for Angara as well ..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6CZEHJRQFFKDFLGYCVCEAWCKUM Melchor

      don’t vote! hindi ka kawalan!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OOJTXMXSRBD3F3DJUL3UQIX3OU Joy

      edi wag mo!! hindi ka nila kailangan.

    • pangitbudhiko

      Nikky, I like your style. wag papatinag sa mga bayaran. These people who are endorsing this cyberlaw libel, really doesn’t know the implication of this law. it is curtailing your freedom of speech. 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4UZLIVW2HOLAEEGKEYEOUCTUY Jonathan

        based from your name.. wala na kong dapat pang sabihin sa lahat..kung ikaw ang taong pakikinggan at papaniwalaan nila, gosh! sira ang kinabukasan sau ng pilipinas!

      • pangitbudhiko

        don’t look at my username. I used this username because I call black  when I  see the color black, I call red when I see the color red. I call the shots the way I see them. Pinipintasan ko si GMA dahil marami akong nakikita na ginawa niya na labag sa batas. kahit sino pipintasan ko. pagsatingin ko ay mali, But one thing is sure (and you can take that to the bank) nagbibigay ako ng kontra komento sa forum against a fellow bloggers, but I don’t  touch  on their username,  I will only reply to anybody if they are really overboard.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4UZLIVW2HOLAEEGKEYEOUCTUY Jonathan

       and for you nikky, wag kang magsalita ng tapos baka pagdating ng araw na to mapakinabangan mo ang law na to dahil isa ka sa mga magiging biktima! kaya pagisipan mong mabuti ang binibitiwan mong salita, you might eat what you’ve said someday..

  • http://twitter.com/regoberto2010 regoberto

    nakakalito na ito Tsk! Pero one thing is sure, kasali ang mga Angara sa listahan ng mga di ko iboboto

  • lolobabes

    Its not even a question of conviction but libel is being used by politicians to harass journalists, ahihihi

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GUMSE6VW7E7UPX7UMCE7U5YLDM Macky

      di naman journalist. alam naman ng mga journalist mga limitasyon nila. para lang talaga yan sa mga taong mapang abuso kung gumagamit ng social media. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

      parang sinabi mo na yong online libel provision sa bagong law ay applicable lang sa mga journalist, applicable sa lahat ng mamamayan… diyos ko po… mga tao pong hay ewan…

      • pangitbudhiko

        kaya ng maraming mga pinoy ang pumapalag sa batas na ito.

  • noynoyingalways

    Mga Sinasabi ni SEN. Angara at his Son Rep. Angara + Sen. Manny Villas CLUELESS! – Obviously you don’t technically understand the law that you authored and approved + the technicalities around your ASSUMPTIONS that posting libelous comments etc… has global reach….

    DO NOT VOTE:
    CYNTHIA VILLAR
    SON OF ANGARA AND HIS FATHER (AURORA province).

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I56ZHN6QE2QLEWKPD5HR7SOOC4 Frank

      eh sinong iboboto ikaw? eh kung magsalita ka parang alam mo lahat eh

      • Sam

        Eh ikaw kung makapagsalita ka parang lahat ng sinasabi mo tama,think better tol at bakit mo sya iboboto kandidato ba sya para iboto mo? sige iboto mo sya tignan natin kung sino ang magiging mukhang tanga. HAH !

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SHJZR76LIZ3P6EC3DHL5RKXKAU Sargo

      Yup hindi namin iboboto yang mga yan. 

      • Dennis

        Who will you vote for then? Masyado kasing puro negative ang tinitignan niyo. Look on the positive side and hindi lang sa gusto niyong makita.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6CZEHJRQFFKDFLGYCVCEAWCKUM Melchor

        wag ka na lang bumoto! maraming botonte ang boboto sa tamang tao. hindi kawalan ang boto ng isang tulad mo!

      • pangitbudhiko

        idagdag mo ang, isa, at isa, at isa pa, walang gustong bumoto sa mga ganyang pulitiko. Kailangan pukawin ang isipan ng silent majority. kailangan gumising na ang bayan, Ginagahasa na ang inyong karapatan pantao tulog parin kayo. balang araw wala na kayong karapatang “”pantao””””

      • Sam

        Wag ka ng gumaya sa kanya na mababaw kung mag-isip.Sayang ang boto mo kung di mo sa tama ito ilalaan.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OOJTXMXSRBD3F3DJUL3UQIX3OU Joy

        hahaha!! uto-uto!!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMLHIS4FPRM4DHCZV2FA4YILEM Precious

      Akala mo naman kawalan yung boto mo! HAHA! Patawa ka.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GUMSE6VW7E7UPX7UMCE7U5YLDM Macky

      ang hindi dapat iboto ung mga mga nakikisawsaw lang at walang nagagawa sa loob ng senado, tulad ni escudero. may nagawa naba yan?? wala pa. mapapel lang talaga yun. 

    • Sam

      Try nyo kasing intindihin ang cyber crime law maigi para malaman kung ano nga ba ito ,hindi yung judging it shallowly.KNOW IT AND UNDERSTAND IT BETTER

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

      Why not, once a libelous article posted to the internet, it will become a global reach, the W3 is BOUNDLESS right? And articles can be accessed anywhere where there are Filipinos living outside the Philippines….do you believe in the power of word of mouths? How about the power of search engines???

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OOJTXMXSRBD3F3DJUL3UQIX3OU Joy

      edi wag mong iboto.. walang pumipigil sayo… hindi nila kailangan ang boto ng isang makitid na tulad mo.

  • Guest

    Sonny, being your father’s son is a double-edged sword. You may benefit from name recognition but you may also be hurt by by association. Time for some self-reflection and honesty. Deep down inside, will becoming a senator make you a man for others?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/T3BBJJTKTWZAREINLH6VAEQDY4 junrey

    KAWAWANG SONNY!!!! 100% sure di ka kasali sa senado after election!!!!!

    • Sam

      Kung 100 % ng mga boboto ay katulad mo KAWAWANG Pilipinas din dahil ang mga susundo na mamahala sa bansa ay mga walang paninindigan at basta na lang susunod sa sinasabi ng nakakarami kahit di ito nakakabuti sa lahat.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OOJTXMXSRBD3F3DJUL3UQIX3OU Joy

      talaga? manghuhula ka ba? what kind of witchcraft can you do?

    • Dennis

      pano mo nalaman??? nakikita mo na ba ang future?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/T3BBJJTKTWZAREINLH6VAEQDY4 junrey

    Tinanong ba ng mga taong pumirma sa bill na ito kung alam ba talaga kung
    anu meron sa cyber world? May mga facebook at tweeter ba ang taong ito?
    “meron seguro pero staff nila ang gumawa!!! hahhaahaha,,, kailan ba
    sila isinilang? sa panahon ba ni Lapu Lapu at Dagohoy? na kung saan ang
    mga tao sa panahong ito hindi naniniwala na ang BAKAL ay lulutang sa
    tubig at lilipas sa eri? Dapat seguro bumalik kayo sa panahon ni
    Magellan!!! Idilat nyu na po ang mga mata ninyo baka mapag iwanan kayo
    ng panahon. Di na po uso ngayon ang telegrama at sulat!!!! chat at txt
    na po!!!! 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I56ZHN6QE2QLEWKPD5HR7SOOC4 Frank

      sinabi ba sa batas na to na tatanggalin na ang internet? isip isip din kuya

    • Sam

      Sa tingin mo ba basta na lang nila isinabatas ito na walang maiging pag-aaral tungkol dito.Kaya nga nila nila inapprove ito dahil may mga nakita silang maling gawain sa cyber world and this is their way to help people na nakakaranas ng mali sa cyber space.

      • pangitbudhiko

        hindi nga pinagaralan maigi ang batas na iyon.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4UZLIVW2HOLAEEGKEYEOUCTUY Jonathan

       pinag-aralang mabuti ang cyber crime law kaya ito naisabatas kaya wala na kaung magagawa dun..sumunod na lang kayo sa batas! less talk less mistake!

    • Dennis

      adik lang…ano sila walang utak para hindi muna basahin o pag-aralan ang batas na to?? ..dami mong sinsabi e  ..

  • shotgunjames

    “It is not our intent in this proposal to downplay the importance of one’s privacy and the right of a person to be free from public and malicious imputation of a crime….”
    — Buti nalang nilinaw nila yan. I think maganda naman tlaga intentions nila dito sa bill. Inaamin namna na nagkamalli yung senate and they are willing to amend the law. 

    • rezli

      Isa lang maliwanag dyan, wag silang papasok sa pulitika kung balat sibuyas sila.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I56ZHN6QE2QLEWKPD5HR7SOOC4 Frank

        lahat ng tao may hangganan..walang taong gustong bastusin at pagkatuwaan sila at ang mga pulitiko ay tao rin

      • $14334231

        no, frank…when you enter politics, you become an open book…people can praise you or excruciate you depending on your action….those that are good are praised, and those that do no good are criticized….now that we lost our freedom of expression, you say a word they don’t like and off you go to jail…maybe not you as i figure you’re one of them…..

      • pangitbudhiko

        Franks pag ang isang tao pumasok sa pulitika, they  are declared “”””””””””””””””OPEN SEASON””””””” MEANING ANYBODY CAN TAKE POT SHOT AT THEM.  They can be criticise and they can also be praise to high heaven.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4UZLIVW2HOLAEEGKEYEOUCTUY Jonathan

         ang kitid mo naman bro! parang nde ata tama pinaglalaban mo! sumunod ka sa batas at wala kang problema!

      • pangitbudhiko

        kung legal ang batas okay, unfortunately, the cyber law that is  in violation of the fundamental law of the land. Now question for you which law,  will prevail, the special law “Cyber Law” or the Constitution of the Philippines enacted in 1986.

      • rezli

        Hindi siguro..!! marumi ang pulitika, ewan ko kung nakikita mo..?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3ZJRMG5UT3RDG7SXZIJHKCF7QE Camila

        tama. agree ako sayokuya :)

      • rezli

        Simple lang, wag kang papasok sa isang bagay, na di kaya ng dibdib mo, magulo ang pulitika at yan ay alam mo..bilang mamayan may pakialam ka sa mga ginagawa ng mga tao sa gobiyerno..

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/LHE2MIZ6X3CMOIMXMZPUH55RO4 Halle

         chuva ka kua! wag kang manira ng kapwa mo kung ayaw mong makasuhan!!!

      • rezli

        Bakit sinong mga pulitiko ang nakasuhan sa pangungurakot..?? wag kang bulag at dapat magising ka sa katutuhanan na karamihan sa kanila na ngurakot, tignan mo ang pamumuhay nila..? sabihin mo sa akin kung saan galing yung mga kayaman nila, at ikaw pag ang pulitiko humingi ng boto sayo at sabihin nya na mangurakot iboto mo ba..? 

      • Dennis

        tao pa rin sila …hindi sila robot na walang emosyon…at KAPAG UMIYAK BA BALAT SIBUYAS NA AGAD? mag-aral ka ng PSYCHOLOGY NG MAINTINDIHAN MO KUNG BAKIT UMIIYAK ANG TAO

      • rezli

        Ang kitid ng isip mo..!! bakit sa mga pulitiko nag aral ba sila ng psychology..?? pag pumasok ka sa pulitika dapat matatag ang dibdib mo, handa ka sa lahat ng ibabato sayo, minsan yan pa ang mag dadala sayo sa ilalim ng lupa, dahil sa personal na interes ng mga pulitiko, yan ay kung taos puso ang hangarin mong mag lingkod sa bayan. Sabi ni pinoy kayo ang “boss ko” at yan ay tama naman, ang taong bayan ang nag lagay sa kanila sa pwesto, kaya ang taong bayan ay may karapatan na punain sila, tama man o mali..gets mo..?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3ZJRMG5UT3RDG7SXZIJHKCF7QE Camila

        TAOkase sya! nasasaktan! Di naman sya makina na walang nararamdaman no!

    • Sam

      Nilinaw na nila kasi marami ang naka-misunderstood sa cyber crime law.Akala nila simple liking and sharing can already put them in to jail.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/PZPCSMMTV5FQ2IDMTFYLQH5XZI Dencio

        bulok ang kanilang pagiisip. isa sa mga yan si Escudero. bakit sya kokontra kung kapakanan nman ng mga Pilipino ang pinaguusapan dito. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4UZLIVW2HOLAEEGKEYEOUCTUY Jonathan

       cyber crime law must implement na talaga! para matigil na ung mga masasamang tao sa likod ng internet! duwag kasi sila e.. di marunong humarap ng muka sa muka!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3ZJRMG5UT3RDG7SXZIJHKCF7QE Camila

        AGREE. malakas lang ang loob kase di sila nakikita personally!

      • rezli

        Ano ang magagawa ng isang simpleng mamayan sa isang pulitiko..? bala ang katapat mo. gets mo..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3ZJRMG5UT3RDG7SXZIJHKCF7QE Camila

      Oyeah, tama.Di kase iniintindi nung iba eh. AGREE:)

  • Patotz

    okay yang si Sonny Angara. Ibang tao siya kesa sa erpats niya, They may have the same last name but  diff philisophy

  • JunDax

    Ahhhhh. so retweeting or liking on something doesn’t mean Libel pala. :) Well, they have to explain this to our people to avoid confusion/misunderstanding. I think this law was made with good intentions; to protect us and not to rob us from our freedom. But like what they’ve said before, there are still gray areas on this law so I hope mareview at ma revise nila agad. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I56ZHN6QE2QLEWKPD5HR7SOOC4 Frank

      like..it’s so nice to be enlightened noh?

    • Sam

      True,if every one of us try to know better what cyber crime law is,I think kokonti na lang ang magiging mga makitid ang utak,basta na lang kasi sila naniniwala sa iba kahit wrong information na ang nakukuha.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LHE2MIZ6X3CMOIMXMZPUH55RO4 Halle

       o diba?at least naliliwanagan na ang mga tao! kasi naman over makareact ung iba!parang akala laging magugulangan laging maagrabyado! haist! learn first before they talk!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3ZJRMG5UT3RDG7SXZIJHKCF7QE Camila

      AMEN! o db? kung iintindihin naman kase walang mawawala at malalaman mo pa ang katotohanan at tama.

  • joegaga

    Im just glad that they are making their moves in amending this law.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

    Aside from Angara, can anyone LIST DOWN THE NAMES of politicians who are BACKERS of this law so we can start campaigning against them with our friends, relatives and associates?

    • Sam

      Wrong move,instead pag-aralan na lang mabuti kung ano nga ba ang sinasabi ni Angara baka magkaroon pa ng better result kesa palalain lang lalo ang sitwasyon at ipakalat pa sa iba ang maling gawain na siaraan sya sa iba.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

      sus ginoo, isearch mo sa internet, nasa interent na yan…o para huwag kang mahirapan, huwag ka na lang bumoto….

    • Dennis

      OA mo dre,…bakit hindi na lang ikaw ang magsearch mangdadamay ka pa ng iba??para lang naman yan sa pansarili mong interes..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3ZJRMG5UT3RDG7SXZIJHKCF7QE Camila

      WOW! maninira na lang ng walang pakundangan! MAGANDANG GAWAIN YAN!(Sarcastic)

    • Dennis

      Isa ka sa mga taong takot sa batas na ito dahil puro paninira lang ang gusto mong gawin.

  • pangitbudhiko

    jezzrel,
    libel using social media, that is going one step higher. If this politicos doesn’t want to be insulted or criticise then they should not be in Politics. Don’t you want to enjoy your freedom of speech and freedom of expression. If you don’t want to enjoy those things better live in Iran or  North Korea. you will have a brighter future there.
    Mga balat sibuyas itong mga hinayupak na mga politicos. Halos lahat naman sila lahing magnanakaw.  mga ugaling hunghang.

  • pangitbudhiko

    tignan mo ang litrato ng magama, at isabay mo narin si Sotto. Si Sotto at sa E. Angara, tignan ninyo ang kilatis ng kanilang mukha kumapal ng masiyado, iba siguro ang hangin sa senado kumakapal ang kanilang pagmumukha pati ang kanilang konsensiya

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LHE2MIZ6X3CMOIMXMZPUH55RO4 Halle

      sobra ka! pati panlabas na anyo sinisira mo na! sira na ang dignidad, pagkatao at sarili ng mga taong sinasabi mo! ikaw ang dapat makonsensya! sobra ka na!

      • pangitbudhiko

        totoo naman ang askad ng itsura ni Ed Angara ni Sotto, parang sitsaron bulaklak. Masama talaga ang hangin sa senado, naluluto sila, ilang termer ba si angara si sotto, yung mga bagong senador, medyo magnda pa ang kutis, pagnagtagal sila sa senado, magiging itysura nila sitsarong bulaklak.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3ZJRMG5UT3RDG7SXZIJHKCF7QE Camila

        HOY! MALAMANG SA PANGET NG BUDHI MO SIMPANGET DIN NG PAGMUMUKHA MO!! FEELING AHH!!

      • pangitbudhiko

        don’t look at my username. I used this username because I call black when I see the color black, I call red when I see the color red. I call the shots the way I see them. Pinipintasan ko si GMA dahil marami akong nakikita na ginawa niya na labag sa batas. kahit sino pipintasan ko. pagsatingin ko ay mali, But one thing is sure (and you can take that to the bank) nagbibigay ako ng kontra komento sa forum against a fellow bloggers, but I don’t touch on their username, I will only reply to anybody if they are really overboard.

      • pangitbudhiko

        tutal binabastos mo ako,  at hindi mo saguting yung aking blogs. I will ask you a question tunay ka bang babae, if your are DO YOU WANT TO GET LAID. NOW IF YOU ARE A TRANSGENDER, I WILL LET MY DOBERMAN “”””DO YOU””””

      • rezli

        Sino sa kanila ang nasakot sa drug smuggling..? alam mo..??

    • Dennis

      GRABE !!!! BAGO MO SILA HUSGAHAN TIGNAN MO MUNA SARILI MO..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3ZJRMG5UT3RDG7SXZIJHKCF7QE Camila

      DON’T JUDGE THEBOOK BY ITS COVER! wow huh? PERPEKTO KA HO? bagay sayo username mo.PANGIT NG BUDHI MO!

      • rezli

        Isa lang ang tama, ang isang pulitiko pag bumili ng boto, wala siyang karapatan para igalang..itanong mo sa LOLO mo..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7A2YRSSKVERROWJMA3ANYSKYAQ Theo

    Intead of saying nasty thing to our politicians, why don’t we listen to them and analyze the things they are saying. Maybe that will be more helpful kesa ano anong sinasabi lang natin para makapagsalita lang. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/P2URIUQRSC4UQIA4OQZ7NKNWV4 Greg

      I agree sir. Wala e. Ambilis mainig ng mga tao sa pninira kesa tignan nila yung better angle ng mga bagay bagay

      • kikomonkey

        AMEN!!!!!!!

      • rezli

        Sinong malinis na pulitiko alam mo..?

    • barbiedull

      you havea point 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LHE2MIZ6X3CMOIMXMZPUH55RO4 Halle

       TOMA!!! :)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3ZJRMG5UT3RDG7SXZIJHKCF7QE Camila

      TAMA:) wag kase natin silang pangunahan.

    • rezli

      OO nga naman, sabi ng mga pulitiko sa mga taong bayan, yung mga ILOG gagawan ng TULAY, at yung mga TULAY gagawan ng ILOG..hehehe…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OOJTXMXSRBD3F3DJUL3UQIX3OU Joy

      that’s right sir! mga tao kasi ngayon… puro reklamo at paninira, hindi nalang sumunod. para sa ikabubuti din naman nila yung mga ginagawa ng mga politicians. nauuna kasi ang reklamo at satsat eh.

  • kikomonkey

    Isa din ako sa mga dinala ng mga negative things about the anti-cybercrime law….But nun inicp kong mabuti, cguro nga maganda nalang na tignan ko yung positive things na madudulot nito. Besides, di naman ako bastos sa internet. Ang apektado lang yung mga troll, hackers at mga walang etiquette sa Web.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LHE2MIZ6X3CMOIMXMZPUH55RO4 Halle

       true! kaya ano ang dapat ikatakot sa cyber crime law na to diba?! ang pilit lang na nilalabanan ang batas na to e ung mga taong mahilig manira ng kapwa nia! at sympre sira ang hanap buhay nila!

      • rezli

        Dati na kasi silang SIRA… Sa…tAo…..

      • rezli

        OO nga laki ng kita sa pulitika milyon milyon, at dila lang yan ahh, wala silang pinapangako sa taong bayan, kaya ayon pati ang mga artista, pinasok narin ang pulitika..hehehwe…..

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/PZPCSMMTV5FQ2IDMTFYLQH5XZI Dencio

        bakit nga ba sila mtatakot??? palibhasa kasi ang mga senador n kumokontra dito ay nde nakakranas ng cyber bullying online. tulad ni Chiz. puro pacute lang kasi ang alam sa senado. try mo kayang magtrabaho naman nde ung pacute ka algn sa tv. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3ZJRMG5UT3RDG7SXZIJHKCF7QE Camila

      FACT na FACT :) sabnga kung alammu sa sarili mo na wala kang gagawing masama sa CyberWorld, hindi ka matatakot at di ka papaapekto sa CyberCrimeLaw :DD

    • Dennis

      Tama, yung mga nag ooverrreact ay yung mga taong bastos sa internet. Yung mga naninira at mahilig magsabi ng hindi totoo tungkol sa iba.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OOJTXMXSRBD3F3DJUL3UQIX3OU Joy

      clap, clap, clap! standing ovation pa!
      TAMA ka dyan kikomonkey! think positive lang!

  • barbiedull

    Let’s review the law itself nalang and leave the rest to them besides, sila yung senators. HINDI tayo mas magaling sa kanila. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LHE2MIZ6X3CMOIMXMZPUH55RO4 Halle

       korek! ewan ko nga ba sa mga tao kung bakit pilit nakikialam sa mga bagay na di naman nila masyado maintindihan! hay nako tala ang mga pakialamero anu?!

    • Dennis

      TAMA!!!!  ginagawa naman nila ito para sa atin hindi para sa pansariling interest lang…OA lang kasi yung iba na nag-iisip na kagad ng masama..!!!  

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OOJTXMXSRBD3F3DJUL3UQIX3OU Joy

        correct! marami lang talagang mga takot makasuhan dahil irresponsable sila. hahahaha! ayaw panindigan ang mga gingawa nila. mga DUWAG!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3ZJRMG5UT3RDG7SXZIJHKCF7QE Camila

      I agree,kesa yung maraming nagmamarunong at walang ibang alam kundi magcomplain na lang at manira :|

      • rezli

        Sabi ng malakanyang di daw perpekto yung ginawang cyber law..??

    • rezli

      OOhhh..?? si senator dati 1 lang ang kotse, ngayon 6 na, dati isa lang ang bahay ngayon 4 na, lumaki pa ang nigosyo ahh..! galing mo talaga SIR..!! isa kang ihemplo ng taong bayan, Sir…hehehehe…….

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PZPCSMMTV5FQ2IDMTFYLQH5XZI Dencio

      dapt sila ang magdecide kung ano ang tama at mali. hindi yung sila ang pagulo sa batas n kanilang ginwa. isa sa mga yan si sen.chiz. pwe!

    • Dennis

      I agree. And the president signed it so alam niya at naiintindihan niya kung ano ito. Hindi na dapat manira at magsabi ng hindi maganda tungkol sa iba.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4UZLIVW2HOLAEEGKEYEOUCTUY Jonathan

     e di huwag! kakulangan ka?!

  • Dennis

    Instead of hating those politicians most especially Sotto, focus on analyzing and understanding the law. Hindi yung purp paninira na lang ang sinasabi ng iba.

  • Dennis

    And walang mangyayari kung puro paninira lang ang gagawin. Abuso na ito sa ating kalayaan.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OOJTXMXSRBD3F3DJUL3UQIX3OU Joy

      tama! hindi paninira ang paraan upang maging maunlad ang ating bayan!

  • PhilippineSolutions

    There is no misunderstanding here, the libel provision is designed to curtail freedom of expression.  Are we sliding back to the Marcos era? If I call out a politician a trapo, do I have to fear a possible libel case?

    President Aquino should have vetoed the line item provision on libel. He dropped the ball on this one.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OOJTXMXSRBD3F3DJUL3UQIX3OU Joy

      Ang oOA talaga ng mga tao. Marcos era agad? agad agad?

  • oraman

    Dapat madaliin na ng supreme court ang pagsusuri sa batas na ito kung ito ba ay ayon sa saligang batas o lumalabag sa saligang batas….



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