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Saturday, August 6, 2011

On Electronic Libel Bill

Recently, Senator Manny Villar filed the Senate Bill 2668 called the "Electronic Libel (E-Libel) Bill" where this law introduce the electronic libel. In addition, this bill forcing to penalize those who try to defame others in the Internet especially in blogs and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.



In his explanatory note, he stated that “The tremendous potential of the Internet has proved to be unimaginable for the Philippines. It has bridged information gaps and has opened infinite possibilities to people located even in the remotest areas in the country. Opportunities brought about by this electronic era, however, has cast a shadow of problems, one of which is the birth of the "electronic libel" or e-Iibel.” In the Article 335 of the Revised Penal Code provides that anyone found guilty in this case will be imprisoned for six years or having a fine ranging from 200 to 6000 pesos.

This filing of electronic libel bill is considered as one of the signs that people are aware in issues in the online world. It was such a great thing to implement that bill in order for the users to have discipline in using the Internet in a proper way. Hopefully, after the electronic libel bill, there are other bills regarding to the Information and Communications Technology will be implemented to solve the issues in that field. Therefore, it can be accomplished in a gradual process and there are experiments or studies to be considered before the implementation of the bill.

Source: Electronic libel bill filed in Senate abs-cbnNEWS.com

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