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Binay files bill vs ‘electronic violence’ on women, children

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MANILA, Philippines — Senator Maria Lourdes “Nancy” Binay has filed a bill that would regulate the “exploitative and irresponsible” use of social media by the victim’s relatives, former spouse or partner or an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend.

Binay said the bill on the Electronic Violence against Women (E-VAW) she filed Monday sought to amend and expand the provisions of Republic Act 9262 or the Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) Act of 2004.

“Although the VAWC Law already protects women and children against physical, sexual, emotional, economic and psychological abuses, it does not include other forms of digital harassment like cyberbullying,” she said in a statement Wednesday.

Binay said that most of the cases of online bullying, cyberstalking and other forms of digital harassment were being perpetrated by people close to the victims.

“Being bullied or harassed by a known perpetrator, or someone close to you, has a serious emotional and psychological impact than being hassled by a stranger. It’s more painful for the victims if they know the perpetrators,” she said.

Since the enactment of RA 9262, Binay said, women and their children have been provided with additional alternatives and protection against abusive conduct and violence.

But the law, she said, has not taken into consideration the prevalent and widespread reach of the Internet and communication technology.”

Binay, who has been ridiculed on Internet during the campaign, immediately clarified that her proposed measure had nothing to do with her own experience.

“This bill is not about what I have experienced during the campaign. Those who commit the crime should have a personal relationship with the victim. That’s why it’s specified: an ex-boyfriend, ex-husband . . . as long as there’s a personal relationship,” she said in an interview with Senate reporters.

“Electronic violence” is defined in the bill as any act involving the exploitation of data that “can cause or is likely to cause mental, emotional and psychological distress or suffering to the victim.”

This can involve the unauthorized recording, reproduction or distribution of videos showing the victim’s private parts; uploading or sharing any form of media with sensitive and indecent content without the victim’s consent; harassment through text messaging, electronic or any other multimedia means; cyberstalking, including the hacking of personal accounts on social networking sites and the use of location trackers on cellular devices and the unauthorized use of the victim’s identity (pictures, video, voice, name) for distribution that can harm the victim’s reputation.

Under the bill, any act causing electronic violence against a woman and her child would be punishable by incarceration from six months to six years, while threats causing electronic violence could be punished by incarceration from a month to six months.

“Offenders can be penalized up to P300,000 but not more than P500,000 depending on the gravity of distress caused to the victim,” she said.

The bill also provides a protection order to prevent further harm and distress to any woman and her child.


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Tags: Children , Internet , Laws , legislation , Nancy Binay , politics , Senate , Social Media , technology , Women

  • jga94

    I can understand having laws specifically protecting women and children from abuse—they are usually in a position where they can be overpowered physically, emotionally and mentally. This E-VAW law, seems it can be the same as the cybercrime law.

  • Young_Gen

    Pati yong tatay ko na matagal ng namatay – eh sinisira-an pa sa internet. Sama ba yon? Paano naman yong Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, at Transvestite- sama ba yon?

  • Nothing Hill

    ‘Vibrator Bill’ by Binay.

  • valsore

    How about for men, Mr. Binay? This law is blatant disregard for my rights as a male. This is prejudice of the first order. Completely unacceptable!

    • JANET NAPOLES & BONG & JINGGOY

      correction…address it to Ms. Binay,the senator…

  • Ross

    practice lang daw yan :)

  • on_hindsight

    mere law can only protect (sana) but will not prevent a complicated issue as cyberbullying from happening. role ng magulang to monitor what their children are doing or to guide them on how to be responsible as social media players. we need to focus on more pressing problems, i guess, nancy.

  • Bisaya

    sayang ang pasahod ng taumbayan sayo. balik ka na lang sa pagiging personal a ng tatay mo plis.

  • boshog

    Nancy Binay it is already known that you have no qualification to be a senator. These bills you are filing are well orchestrated PR moves. Certainly not coming from a well-thought of idea you are not capable of. Keep trying hard maybe people will forget that you don’t belong there.

  • jeff

    nancy wants her friends, relatives, or people who know her to keep her secrets, no expose, or else 6 months in jail.

  • fache

    She consulted her lawyer before she filed her bill!!!



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