Cyber Bullying Laws For The Philippines

This starts getting into dangerous realms of over censorship that could actually end up in stopping many real instances of information leaking into the internet which may be getting withheld or denied in other forms of media. But at the same time three representatives of the party-list group Ako Bicol on Saturday urged their colleagues in the House to speed up plenary deliberations on the proposed Anti-Cyber Bullying Act to end the ordeal of children being bullied on the Internet.

They highlighted the messages Charice Pempengco had received on Twitter and Facebook after her fathers murder. At the same time what about everyone else? In the UK there have been several suicides of school children as in the U.S. without a doubt the same has no doubt happened here as I find the messages that go on between people somewhat more intimidating and personal than I have seen elsewhere. Although they did bring up the fact rapes had occurred during face to face meetings and suicides but none specific in case.

Co, author of House Bill No. 5391, said the measure seeks to deter, prosecute and eliminate cyber bullies and “create a culture of free and unfettered exchange of information, opinions and ideas based on mutual respect and sensitivity toward the feelings of others."

Which the above statement is likely to actually have a more large scale affect because if everyone started treating everyone’s opinions,beliefs and thoughts into account and “not” look to discuss those facts what’s left Facebook games? because the world isn’t a cuddly nice place to live and the internet isn’t either, political turmoil is currently worldwide due to the issues here, Western recession, Chinese censorship closing these loop holes ends up serving a political agenda even if its sold as “anti bullying”.

If anything the security options are already on the web and could be forced to be utilized to stop the anonymity yet its sites like Facebook, MySpace etc. that hold the keys as restricting membership to those that only provide real information would surely reduce these sites of members (and revenue) but the technology exists already to filter out such issues. You will always find someone somewhere with an axe to grind but the issues here really needs to look at where the Cyber bullying occurs and to deal with it there rather than looking at an internet wide approach to such issues.

When the bill eventually gets through there is a fine of up to P100,000 and jail sentences available from 6 months to 6 years. Question is does it matter? reason being most of this stuff is done by children and may be too young for prosecution.

4 comments for “Cyber Bullying Laws For The Philippines

  1. joe downey
    November 9, 2011 at 7:08 am

    That`s very interesting and yes it`s happened and i`m sure goes on here. I figure they are simply creating laws that COULD be applied if they are needed, it wouldn`t appear to be cencorship, just providing teeth to combat this nonsense. I had to remove one of my children from a school where he suffered bullying and the wronh attention, from pinoy school mates, watch your little girl closely Matt when she attends Kinder, she`s old enough by now and will love it.

    • Profile photo of OLDARTICLES
      November 9, 2011 at 8:26 am

      It is an interesting bill at the same time enforcement like many of the other issues in the Philippines is the main problem. That’s where the reference to politics comes in as no doubt there are harrassment legislation as well as other laws relating to false statements and personal attacks already exists but weakly enforced. Sorry to hear about the problems your son had its also something I have heard about from another expat in relation to his daughter as “sexual” orientated conversations was the main reason for him moving his kid even though these were all minors involved.

  2. joe downey
    November 9, 2011 at 9:15 am

    The trouble is Matt, beig pretty much caucasion featured with light brown hair he sticks out, and as you know anything even slightly out of the philipino`s idea of normal attracts attention, my son just wants to blend in, and they won`t let him. Hey Joe, how many times do you get that, you are different so are fair game for anything, no child or teenager would dare to tease a late 30s pinoy, you or i don`t count, after 14 years i`m still dumbfounded at how idiotic it is.

    • Profile photo of OLDARTICLES
      November 9, 2011 at 9:18 am

      Oh I know but at the same time they will watch TV with their Korean idols and Chinese soaps as well as pretty much seeing the world in complete reversal inside that little electronic box. I don’t think there is a logic to it.