Senate to tackle Cybercrime Law on March 3

Posted at 02/25/2014 2:47 PM

MANILA -- The Senate will conduct a hearing on March 3 to deliberate on proposals to amend or repeal the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

The hearing will be led by the Senate Committee on Science and Technology chaired by Senator Ralph Recto along with the Commitees on Constitutional Amendments and Revisions of Codes chaired by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.

It is also a joint hearing with the Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization chaired by Senator Antonio Trillanes, and Committee on Finance chaired by Senator Francis Escudero.

Among the provisions that will be discussed are section 6, which defines cybercrime and imposes penalties, as well as section 4, which stipulates online libel.

The committees will also discuss proposals to draft a Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom, Cybercrime Prevention and Law Enforcement, and Cyberdefense and National Cybersecurity.

Other proposed legislative measures that will form part of the discussion will be the proposals of creating the Department of Information and Communications Technology, and the National Council for Information Technology and Development.

Meanwhile, groups opposed to the libel provision will hold a protest dubbed "Black Tuesday" at the EDSA Shrine Tuesday afternoon. -- Report from Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News