We are featuring three views on the recent decision of the Supreme Court on Republic Act No. 10175, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which some critics say would lead to “cyber martial law.”
By Harry Roque
The recent Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of libel under the Revised Penal Code and under Section 4 C (4) of the cybercrime prevention law but declaring the crimes of aiding and abetting cyberlibel unconstitutional are contradictory rulings, which can only be because of the court’s misappreciation of the doctrine of “overbreadth.”
By Oscar Franklin Tan
Many, alarmed by the recent cybercrime decision, look up libel in the circa 1930 Revised Penal Code, which the Cybercrime Prevention Act references. This, however, shows only half the law. It does not incorporate the free speech doctrines that restrict libel, making the law appear scarier than it is.
By Emerson S. Bañez
Homespun analogies appear to underpin the Supreme Court’s reasoning on critical components of the cybercrime law. The analogies bridge the conceptual disconnect between online and offline behavior, but they also reveal blind spots in the Court’s understanding of how these technologies (and its users, good or bad) behave.
By Cake Evangelista
, Sara Isabelle Pacia
Just when he thought his diploma was within reach, University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban (UP Tacloban) student Jed Morantte, a fourth-year social science major, went back to school feeling like “a college freshman again.”
Chief MILF negotiator Mohagher Iqbal described the normalization annex as the “most sensitive” and “emotional” because “we have to decommission our forces.”
By Joji Co
Rice, a political commodity and the staple of Filipinos and most Asians, is the cheapest on the dining table compared with viands.
By Emilio de Quiros Jr.
The reform agenda recently implemented was undertaken to strengthen the financial soundness of the Social Security System (SSS) and provide a structure for higher benefits for future pensioners. In order to fully comprehend the rationale for the reform agenda, a number of facts need to be understood.
By Rolando O. Borrinaga
I read with great interest the Talk of the Town article titled “Call storm surges ‘silakbô’” by Dr. Kelvin S. Rodolfo (Inquirer, 12/29/13).
By Benjamin Vallejo Jr.
This is in response to the proposal of Kelvin Rodolfo, Ph.D., to call storm surges silakbô. However, that proposal is also fraught with difficulties.
By Gemma Narisma
, Genie Lorenzo
, James Simpas
, Melliza Cruz
, Nofel Lagrosas
New Year in and around Metro Manila was smoggy, with the worst air pollution episode of the year. This was due to the many commercial and homemade firecrackers and fireworks that were set off beginning in the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, peaking at midnight.
Cause of injury 2013 2012 2011 Firework 997* 904 970** Firework ingestion 2 2 5 Stray bullet 19 25* 29* Total cases*** 1,018 931 1,004