They better click the “like” button on his order—then log out immediately. Saying a lawman’s time is better spent chasing criminals than making “friends” or hunting down virtual villains on the Net, the head of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) has barred his people from accessing social networking sites like Facebook and playing interactive games while on duty.
They couldn’t actually vote for either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, but Filipino netizens sounded like Americans in Wednesday’s hotly contested presidential election in the United States.
The Quezon City government has passed an ordinance penalizing Internet shops that would expose the youth to pornography, gambling, smoking and alcohol.
It’s a case that could test the country’s libel law as applied to the Internet. A professor of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) filed a P5-million libel suit against a tabloid that allegedly removed an online article that would have aired her response to a columnist who questioned her integrity and credentials.
Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation arrested Thursday in an entrapment operation at a Manila school a 15-year-old boy who allegedly blackmailed and extorted P15,000 from another teenager through the social networking site Facebook.
Local telecom firms lose millions of pesos in revenues annually to hundreds of illegal operators that bypass global payment systems to convert long-distance calls to domestic.