Santiago files bill to repeal cybercrime law


Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Miriam  Defensor-Santiago has filed a bill that if passed into  law would repeal the  controversial  Cybercrime Prevention  Act.

Santiago said Senate Bill  No. 53, known as  the  Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (MCPIF), would protect the rights and freedoms of Filipinos in cyberspace, while defining and penalizing cybercrimes.

“While it is important to crackdown on criminal activities on the Internet, protecting constitutional rights like free expression, privacy, and due process should hold a higher place in crafting laws,” she said in a statement on Wednesday.

Santiago said the MCPIF upholds the right to free speech of Filipinos on cyberspace “unlike the much-criticized Cybercrime Prevention Act.”

“The MCPIF treats libel as a civil liability rather than a criminal act. It is not overbroad or vague in its provisions on libel, unlike the cybercrime law,” she explained.

If passed into law, Santiago said, the bill would repeal the Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act.

“R.A. 10175 confines the Philippines to 20th century capabilities in this 21st century information society. Clearly, laws that have an impact on cyberspace must address the realities of the present and the challenges of the future,” she said.

The proposed MCPIF, if passed,  Santiago said, would  also be the first law to be created through “crowdsourcing.”

Crowdsourcing is an online process of getting work done by tapping people on the Internet who volunteer their talent and skills.

The senator said a group of concerned netizens composed of software designers, IT specialists, academics, bloggers, engineers, lawyers, human rights advocates approached her office with a draft of the MCPIF.

The group formulated the MCPIF through discussions in an open Facebook group, email, Google Hangout teleconferences, and social media channels like Twitter.

“I call on all our young people to voice their support for this bill through social media. You are our new opinion-leaders. After the RH Bill, we saw how powerful social media can be in advancing our causes,” Santiago said.

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  • Batala

    Sen. Nancy Binay is now being challenged (not by a competent legislator per se) but by a valid counterargument in civil rights. And why again another law “for women.” When men can be battered husbands too?

    Where is genuine political gender equality when we continue give shelter to women in more advantageous protective shells? If you want to be respected, get out of your shell and show the world that you can simply “stand up, every time you fall.”


    what then will happen to the bill filed by Senator Nancy Binay regarding ” electronic violence on women “?

  • boyboy9797

    I’ll always support you Madam Senator Miriam Santiago and may God bless you more.

  • victor1052

    Sen. Santiago, please help repeal the squatter-coddling Lina law and the young criminal-coddling pangilinan law. The former is oppressive to landowners while the latter cultivates young criminals . Both are dangerous and counterproductive laws deserving to be scraped. Thank you

  • disqusted0fu

    This anti cybercrime law was bound to be trashed anyway. Pnoy’s promise before he was elected as President was to ensure transparency in the government. But what’s happening is the opposite. He didn’t certify the FOI bill as urgent, and then he approved of the anti cybercrime bill

  • toushin

    Finally.. someone with common sense that has her say with the Cybercrime Prevention Act and has the means to do something about it. I applaud you Mrs Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago!!!

  • ThudOthwacker

    “I call on all our young people to voice their support for this bill through social media. You are our new opinion-leaders.” ~Santiago


    THEN SHUT UP! I am sick and tired of your grandstanding!

    • resortman

      You shut your hole, Mirriam makes more sense than any of your senators! She is the only woman with the balls, at least when she speaks most intellectual “kuno” shuts up! Besides, this bill is needed at this point in time….stop grandstanding thru your blogs..isip isip din minsan…

      • ThudOthwacker

        Oh please, what have she done in her political career aside from politicking and lobbying for her husband appointments? NOTHING! The longer she stays in office this country will go down the drain.

        BTW this is not my blog. Know the difference DUMB-DUMB. I am commenting in the comment section like you, IDIOT.

      • resortman

        Oh yeah, intellectual wannabe…if pinoys think like you do, theres no hope….look what too much education made an A@@hole out of you…tingin ka muna sa salamin…lakas ng tama mo toy!

      • ThudOthwacker

        LOL Before you question someone’s intellect. Make sure what you’re writing are blemish free, DIMWIT.

    • talltyrion

      Apparently standing up for citizen’s rights is grandstanding. I would prefer someone who has strong opinion over anyone who just sits in the senate pretending to craft bills wasting millions of taxpayer’s money.

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