Recognizing the web’s double-edged power, senators Nancy Binay and Miriam Defensor-Santiago filed separate bills on Internet policy. Binay filed the Electronic Violence Against Women (E-VAW) bill, while Santiago re-filed her proposed Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom. In a statement on Wednesday, July 3, Binay said her bill aims to regulate “the exploitative and irresponsible use of social media that has become a mode of disseminating scandals involving both television personalities and private individuals.” While Binay focused on online violence, Santiago’s bill aims to establish a framework for information and communication technology (ICT) in the Philippines. In a statementWednesday, Santiago said, “While it is important to crackdown on criminal activities on the internet, protecting constitutional rights like free expression, privacy, and due process should hold a higher place in crafting laws.”
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