“Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago filed a more positively worded version of the controversial law. She called it the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom. While critics and pundits called it a “mere positive spin on repression,” we think it’s a very intelligent take on a very sensitive issue.
“From the outset, the law ensures and affirms our fundamental freedoms (as outlined in the Constitution) in the brick-and-mortar world and translates them in the genuinely confusing world of the social media in the Philippines. She’s eliminated most of the vagueness that’s made the first version ultimately void.
“Senator Miriam has also placed sufficient checks and balances on what the police and the NBI can do. The latter may no longer monitor traffic and data figures without first securing a warrant. They may no longer arbitrarily seize and close web servers under the mere suspicion of illicit activity. Blogs and online news networks may no longer be censored on any official’s say-so; unless it’s a lawful order from the courts.”