The government can put us in prison for Facebook ‘Likes’ or ‘Shares’ and they now have the power to listen in on our Skype conversations and take down our blogs and websites for mere suspicion. The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 allows the government to take action against netizens who publish criticism against public officials and they may face up to 14 years of jail for libel.
One of the most fundamental duties in a democratic society is to ensure public accountability and integrity of government officials through constructive civic criticism and engagement. The social media has made it easier for us, members of the civil society, to fulfill that duty.
But with the implementation of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, some of our basic constitutional rights and liberties, which we freely exercise in cyberspace, will be under serious threat. This law is nothing but a futile act to promote Martial Law on the 21st Century.
If you believe in FREE SPEECH and that the citizens have the right to criticize elected officials, sign the petition to send a message to the government asking them to protect our freedom of speech and not destroy it.
Sen. Angara should take the lead in amending this law, as Chair of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, author and one of the sponsors of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.