Netizens' bad behavior should be checked: Angara
MANILA – Sen. Edgardo Angara on Thursday welcomed the indefinite temporary restraining order on the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
Angara, the principal author of the law, said the TRO will give the next Congress enough time to revise some contentious provisions such as the clause on libel and giving the justice department powers to take down a website without a court order.
However, he also insisted that bad social behavior in cyberspace should be regulated.
“Bad social behavior we have to have some regulation. This is a good time. My main point is that libel provision can be easily scrapped. Let’s scrap it,” he said.
He said the same penalty for a person who commits libel in print and radio should also be imposed on the Internet.
“A libel is libel no matter what mode of communication you use,” he said.
He earlier admitted that the cybercrime law is not perfect, but that it is a good law overall.
He cited the recent hacking of government web sites as proof of the need for rules governing the Internet.
"Otherwise, we will be operating in a large, large universe without rules."
"By and large," Angara said, "don't forget we will be worse off without a Cybercrime Prevention Act."