I went on an unplanned hiatus, mostly because I’ve been busy with work and advocating against the Cyber Crime Law passed by the Philippine Government.
Spot.Ph reports the 10 Scary Things about Digital Martial Law.
It’s a law I find doubly backwards since the Philippines is making an effort to be more of an economic player in the region, especially when one of the goals is to make the Philippines more welcome to IT companies.
Fortunately, after a lot of protests the Supreme Court file a TRO for 120 days and various senators realized how badly the law could go. Even President Benigno Aquino III blinks on the law and says he is in favor of decriminalizing libel for all media.
The battle is far from won but it’s a good step to take. It’s a reminder that we need to be more vigilant in protecting freedom and independence. It’s not the first time the Philippines tangled with ‘Martial Law’.