Not yet a nat’l security threat

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07:58 AM October 13th, 2012

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By: Nikko Dizon, October 13th, 2012

MANILA, Philippines—Street and online protests against the Cybercrime Prevention Act which include hacking of government websites do not comprise a national security threat, according to an official of the Defense Department.

In fact, said Director Nebuchadnezzar Alejandrino, chief of the Information Management Office (IMO) of the Department of National Defense (DND), it was unlikely that the widespread public discontent against the law, criticized as an attack on civil liberties, could even undermine the country’s entire security situation.

At the forum called “The Cybercrime Law and its Implications to National Security” held at the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP), Alejandrino said the fact that people were still able to express their sentiments and go about their daily routine was evidence that the protests posed no threat to the nation’s security.

However, Taguig-Pateros Rep. Freddie Tiñga, a proponent of the Cybercrime Act in the House of Representatives, told reporters that he considered the hacking activities in the online protests as a “national security concern.”

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VUFRGRCCA5JXOLKEVCJQ3FBW3Y Concerned Citizen

    Director Nebuchadnezzar Alejandrino is correct in his assessment.   The public discontent against the on-line libel law will only become a national security threat once Filipinos start feeling that it is safer to express their opinion on the streets rather than on-line.

    Taguig City seems to have erred in the last elections.  Their politicians are making the headlines for their cruel acts and intentions lately. These news are big eye openers for everybody.

  • divictes

    Of course, they’re not. The threat comes from your IT equipment that’s made in China. 

    • http://argggh.why.me/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      hahaha, oo nga ano.

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