MANILA, Philippines – Here’s another way of tackling the hottest issue of the day which is the country’s anti-cybercrime law.
After the black blocks on Facebook and the funny memes on 9gag comes another witty reaction to the new law – a blog post about “death row meal ideas” for cybercriminals, who can now be any person who goes online.
Pepper.ph, which describes itself as “a silly food blog for artists, misfits and creative people in the Philippines” listed 12 last meals of some of the world’s big-time criminals and asked its readers to come up with their own.
“This ridiculous issue of the cybercrime law has made many netizens candidates for imprisonment,” Mikka Wee of Pepper.ph wrote.
“In case your offense demands a death sentence and you are given your last few days on earth, best to start thinking about what you’re going to eat for your last meal, right? Steal some ideas from these bizarre death row meals from some big-time criminals, or start fantasizing your own. We may be joining their club anyway.”
The blog mentioned Ted Bundy, an American serial killer, rapist and kidnapper, who was given the “traditional last meal of steak (medium rare), eggs (over easy), hash browns, toast with butter and jelly, milk and juice” before he sat on the electric chair.
Other “death row meal ideas” cited by Pepper.ph include one flour tortilla and a glass of water; two pints of mint and chocolate chip ice cream; one jar of dill pickles; lobster tail, steak, apple pie and vanilla ice cream; and 12 fried shrimp, a bucket of fried chicken, French fries and one pound of strawberries.
One criminal named Odell Barnes Jr. even had “justice, equality and world peace” as his last meal.
Several netizens launched “open social media warfare” on the government as Republic Act 10175 or the anti-cybercrime law took effect on Wednesday.
Just a few hours ago, members of the Anonymous hacktivist group launched distributed denial of service attacks on several Philippine government websites, making them inaccessible.
Aside from criminalizing libel, the anti-cybercrime law authored by Senator Edgardo Angara and signed by President Benigno Aquino III also allows warrantless monitoring of Internet and telecom users, as well as authorizes the Department of Justice to block any website without court review.