Who inserted that libel clause in the Cybercrime Law at the last minute? Why, nobody else but Senator Vicente Sotto III.
Because of Sotto, libel is now a crime that’s lumped together with cybersex, child porn and strangely enough, the electronic mailing of advertising spam.
What makes the libel rider interesting is that it is SUCH a clumsy cut-and-paste job, without any attempt to take into account the nature of the Internet.
This goes against the Philippines tourism campaign I believe.
So, let’s all just give up on calling out other people on their bullshit in the Philippines because God knows somehow it’s going to probably turn into a libel case where we could face imprisonment and a hefty fine.
God help us all. (via robcham)