Statement on the First Joint Public Hearing of the Senate Committees on Science and Technology on MCPIF

Statement on the First Joint Public Hearing of the Senate Committees on Science and Technology, Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes, Civil Service and Government Reorganization, and Finance, on the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (#MCPIF)

Democracy.Net.PH thanks the Senate, and the Senate committee chairs, for the chance to present the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (#MCPIF) to the Filipino people, both online and offline. We are gratified by the trust you have in us.

We are particularly inspired by the comments made on the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom by the various attendees in the hearing. … Continue reading »

Opening Statement of Democracy.Net.Ph before Senate Science and Technology Committee on MCPIF

Opening Statement of Democracy.Net.Ph before the Senate Science and Technology Committee hearing on the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom delivered by Engineer Pierre Tito Galla, PECE

[Senator Ralph Recto, Senate President Pro-Tempore and chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology; Senator Francis Escudero, chairman of the Committee on Finance; Senator JV Ejercito; Senator Manuel Lapid; and our sponsors, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, chair of the Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes, and Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, and author of the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom, or #MCPIF;

Honorable guests … Continue reading »

Statement on claims that RA 10175 is indispensable to fighting child porn and online prostitution

Sobriety and reason. This is what we need at a time when public opinion is being railroaded to favor the constitutionality of Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act.

The government has not been subtle in its approach. Senior Supt. Gilbert Sosa, director of the PNP Anti-Transnational and Cyber Crime Division of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and recently drafted as the principal scaremonger, has declared that the Philippines is now among the top purveyors of child pornography and online prostitution in the world. Sosa claims that without RA 10175, we are powerless in facing … Continue reading »

After the RH Law: Magna Carta for Internet Freedom is Miriam’s new pet bill

After working for the passage of the RH Bill into law, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (MCPIF) is her new pet bill.

Senate Bill No. 53, or the MCPIF, was the first bill Santiago filed in the new 16th Congress.

“I consider the RH Bill as the biggest triumph of the 15th Congress,” the feisty senator said. “Let’s do the same for the Magna Carta for Internet Freedom this new Congress.”

If passed, Santiago’s bill will repeal the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act, or Republic Act No. 10175.

“R.A. 10175 confines the Philippines to 20th century … Continue reading »

Democracy.Net.PH meets with Senator TG Guingona on Crowdsourcing Legislation

Democracy.Net.PH meets with Senator TG Guingona on Crowdsourcing Legislation

Democracy.Net.PH and Sen. TG Guingona met today to discuss crowdsourcing and legislation. Sen Guingona is the author of a crowdsourcing bill while Democracy.Net.PH collaborated with ICT experts, civil rights advocates, netizens, and concerned citizens via crowdsourcing in crafting the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (MCPIF).

The MCPIF was filed as SB No. 3327 by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago after the successful completion of the crowdsourcing initiative. Democracy.Net.PH hopes that its experience in crowdsourcing the MCPIF can serve as valuable inputs to Sen. Guingona’s bill, and hopes that he will support the passage of the MCPIF in the legislature.

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