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Monday, March 3, 2014

Moves to Decriminalize Libel Pushed in Senate

Moves to decriminalize libel have gained in the Senate with the filing of a measure seeking to revisit and recalibrate the country's defamation laws. Sen. Pres. Pro-Tempore Recto has filed Senate Bill 2146 to delist libel from the book of crimes. Recto pointed out that the cyber libel provision in the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 which gained the nod of the Supreme Court would be best addressed by taking a second look at the Revised Penal Code. Today the Senate Committee on Science and Technology chaired by Recto is set to tackles Senates Bill 11, 126, 248 and 249 which seek to amend or repeal the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 or R. A. 10175. The hearing will be jointly conducted by the Senate Committees on constitutional amendments and revision of codes on civil service and government reorganization and on finance. The Senate panels will also discuss Senate Bills 53 and 1091 which calls for establishment of the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom. These bills also seeks to repeal R.A. 10175 which was recently upheld in part by a Supreme Court ruling last Feb. 18. Also included in the agenda are bills establishing the Dept. of Information and Communications Technology and the National Council for Information Technology and Development.     
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