Republic Act No. 10175 / RA 10175 Philippines’ Anti-Cybercrime Law

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R.A. 10175 Philippines / "Internet Martial Law"

UPDATE: A group of Pinoy hackers that name their group Anonymous Philippines hacked loads of Philippine Government websites, protesting about the newly passed anti-cybercrime law. They strongly contradict the part of the new law which is the internet libel or e-libel. The group said this entirely ruins the freedom of speech in the Philippines mainly in the internet world.

Philippine Government website hacked
How or Philippine Government sites look after being hacked

The group now protests revision of the new law. So unless the Philippine government consider revising it, we can surely expect defacement of many more government websites.

The Republic of the Philippines in the midst of the President Benigno Aquino III finally over and done with the resolution of the Anti-Cybercrime Law or Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, after roughly two months the act has been officially approved and sealed this 12th day of September 2012

What are the contents

And to present an outline of the document, perhaps the punishable acts:

The main concentrations are: illegal access, illegal interception, data or system interference, misuse of devices, cyber squatting, computer related unlawful acts like frauds, identity theft. Also included punishable in this act, cybersex and child pornography, and the so called unlawful part the e-libel.

These are now punishable by at least 6 years and 1 day up to 20 years of imprisonment, and a fine ranging from 50,000 PHP to 500,000 PHP, depending on the gravity of crime committed.

Get the full copy here:

Almost all of these are already rampant in the Philippines for many years. The global issue I've ever known about cybercrime here In the Philippines is when a Filipino created a computer virus or worm, which was known as I LOVE YOU VIRUS or LOVE LETTER VIRUS way back 2000 which left almost 5.5 billion USD worth of damage worldwide, but at that time there weren’t any law in the Philippines against this crimes so the person behind that virus attack was not charged for anything.

And also for cybersex, every once in a while Philippine TV programs televise illegal use by some individuals or small organizations of the internet for these purposes also.

Filipino community's reaction to the new law

In a popular Pinoy online forum, although some are starting to be cautious, still many think that the Philippine government does not have the power to fully implement the law (the recent defacement of government websites is a big proof). Until they can track and put to jail the hackers who defaced the government websites, we can never expect a full implementation of the law.

How can the Government prove any crime committed? And let's talk about conviction of those who commit cybercrimes/internet libels, what evidence could the government hold against them?. For example if a person posted "something that could hurt anyone's feeling(duh)" and got sued, that person can literally delete the evidence by deleting the post, and mere screenshots of the post can never be used as an evidence, the existence of Photoshop can prove anyone's innocence.

Let's just hope the Philippine Government does not put all their effort in this new law, as we know there are still many crimes that needs more attention like murders and wars happening inside the country, and of course child pornography and cybersex which should only be the scope of a cybercrime law; Let's not forget THE LIFE OF PEOPLE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANY MONEY OR REPUTATION LOSS.

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  1. my comment is even the retweeting and like or dislike libelous materials are could be liable of cybercrime law which is very vague and broad on its provision.

    1. The Law is too vague and can be used to bury us in litigation forever. But the rich have more resources, so they have the upper hand in pounding dissenting opinion to the ground thru the sheer use of the vague law.

  2. We can`t assure if the passing of this Law is for the "plus pogi points" of the politicians on the incoming election or they are really concern about the status of the Philippines today.

  3. Correct me if I'm wrong but it is not a violation of the law to comment on or like someones post who lives outside of the PH that has comments or pictures that are in violation of the law right? If that is true then I encourage everyone to like and comment on I know it's a simple and pointless protest but what else can we do? BTW, jael phelps(holroyd) is a member of 1 of the most hated families in America because they started the WBC(Westborro Baptist Church). Making Jael famous in the PH would be a good way to frustrate the spirit of this evil law. I'm in no way connected to jael but her pictures and posts do crack me up.

  4. Sorry i have no identity but this is amazing, everything i have in mind was stated here and well delivered.

    I hope everyone can see this.

  5. What's wrong with this law?

    It will stop hearsay and false reporting. The Philippine media has been manipulating the Filipino people for almost 5 decades now with this Freedom of Speech bullcrap in the 1987 Constitution. The press and media is too powerful. Let the press and media take responsibility on their reporting. Palibhasa maraming mga chismoso(a) sa Pilipinas.

    What the Philippines needs is order and through this law, we can concentrate on more nation building than the business as usual na drama dramahan.

  6. We should be more sensitive in what we are saying. Let's have a broad mind for this law.

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