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Rappler's cyber libel case will make Cybercrime Law unconstitutional – lawyer

Mar 09, 2018 - 7:49 PM

(UPDATED) The crime of online libel didn't exist at the time the Rappler story was published. 'If respondents are charged by the government, it would make the cybercrime act an ex post facto law' which is prohibited under the Constitution, says top cybercrime lawyer JJ Disini.

Maria inside the NBI Cybercrime office on January 22, 2018. Photo by Rupert Ambil/Rappler

NBI dismisses, then recommends cyber libel case vs Rappler

Mar 09, 2018 - 2:19 PM

The NBI backtracks on its earlier finding that businessman Wilfredo Keng's complaint over a story published 5 years ago has 'no basis'

CEO of Philippine news website Rappler, Maria Ressa (C), arrives at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters in Manila on January 22, 2018. The head of a news website threatened with closure by the government appeared before state investigators on January 22 over a defamation complaint which she decried as part of President Rodrigo Duterte's concerted attack on press freedom. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Sotto eyes cyber-libel charges vs Cocoy Dayao

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:25 PM

What if there's a public apology? 'Walang mangyayari doon. Pasuntok na lang siya sa 'kin kung gusto niya,' says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III.

SENATE VS DEATH PENALTY? Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says the death penalty would not be approved in the Senate by June or before the first regular session of the 17th Congress adjourns. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 27, 2017

Jan 27, 2017 - 11:22 AM

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Online libel tops cybercrime cases in the Philippines for 2016

Jan 27, 2017 - 8:50 AM

The number of cybercrime complaints has increased over the past 3 years with online libel online scams and identity theft being the most common complaints

FIGHTING ONLINE CRIME. Online libel is the top cybercrime complaint in 2016, according to the Philippine National Police - Anti-Cybercrime Group.

Singapore activist ordered to pay PM $22,000 in legal costs

Jan 12, 2015 - 10:10 PM

Activist Roy Ngerng will also pay thousands in damages to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loon after he accused Lee of the misuse of state pension funds in his blog the first such ruling in Singapore on a purely online article

#FightChildPorn! Netizens weigh in

Oct 31, 2014 - 7:45 PM

What can you do to help end the selling of sex photos and videos involving Filipino children?

Philippines to block online child porn on most devices

Oct 29, 2014 - 5:03 PM

Roughly 46 of cybercrime cases handled by the authorities are related to online child abuse while 25 are related to online extortion says Justice Secretary Leila de Lima

SC denies bids to review Cybercrime law ruling

Apr 22, 2014 - 4:40 PM

The SC denies the motions for reconsideration on the Cybercrime law filed by at least 5 sets of petitioners

DENIED. The Supreme Court denies bid to have the ruling on the Cybercrime law reviewed. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Cybersex, media, privacy, and the cybercrime law

Mar 04, 2014 - 4:47 PM

In this concluding part, we explain key provisions that touch on cybersex, online child pornography, media freedom, and the right to privacy

Making sense of online libel

Mar 03, 2014 - 7:01 PM

This is the 1st part of a list of questions that constitutes an explainer on the Supreme Court's decision. We initially focus on online libel.

Roll out red carpet for Internet users, senators told

Mar 03, 2014 - 6:54 PM

The Philippines continues to violate an international treaty on freedom of expression with its libel laws groups say

DECRIMINALIZE LIBEL. The Senate committee on science and technology holds its first hearing on proposed amendments to the Cybercrime Prevention Act. Senate PRIB photo

Can't understand the jargon in the Cybercrime Law?

Mar 01, 2014 - 11:41 PM

Rappler explains the petitions filed against the Cybercrime Law and some of the terms in the Supreme Court decision

CHAINED NETIZEN. A protester demonstrates his interpretation of the effect of the Cybercrime Prevention Act in front of the Supreme Court along Padre Faura Street, Manila last October 2012. File photo by Hoang Vu

The future of libel

Feb 27, 2014 - 9:42 AM

The need by the legislature and courts to rethink our libel laws is becoming more relevant especially with the widespread use of the internet

Cyber Martial Law – What are you afraid of?

Feb 24, 2014 - 8:53 PM

With the government regulating and documenting our every word and move we have gone back to the dark ages where democracy is dead

#TalkThursday: On the constitutional Cybercrime law

Feb 22, 2014 - 10:39 AM

Rappler talks to top technology law expert JJ Disini and lawyer Chris Lao a cyber bullying victim on the Cybercrime law

Cybercrime ruling creates chilling effect on Luisita farmworkers

Feb 21, 2014 - 10:08 PM

Advocates supporting Hacienda Luisista farmworkers are against the Cybercrime law s provision on online libel

LUISITA WATCH. A group of advocates and NGOs supporting Hacienda Luisita farmworkers came together and launched 'Luisita Watch,' which aims to raise awareness about the struggles of Luisita farmworkers. Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

#TalkThursday with Neri Colmenares

Feb 21, 2014 - 11:17 AM

Rappler talks to Bayan Muna representative Neri Colmenares

Rappler Newscast | February 19, 2014

Feb 19, 2014 - 10:10 PM

Aquino: criminalizing online libel won’t curb free speech A report says the PH is 3rd most dangerous country for journalists in 2013 CA confirms promotion of 2 generals tagged in human rights cases

E-libel not necessary – cybercrime office

Feb 19, 2014 - 7:36 PM

Enforcers at the justice department say the libel provision in the Revised Penal Code suffices Their priorities are graver cybercrimes like hacking phishing child pornography

Cybercrime law constitutional - SC

Feb 19, 2014 - 5:45 PM

The Supreme Court rules most provisions of the beleaguered Cybercrime Prevention Act are constitutional

Marcos files bill amending ‘e-martial law’

Feb 19, 2014 - 4:46 PM

Marcos calls for the protection of free speech online by filing a bill lowering the penalty for online libel in the cybercrime law

Online libel won't curb free speech – Aquino

Feb 19, 2014 - 2:44 PM

The President says exempting the online medium from libel when TV radio and print media can be subject of it gives unequal protection to violators

Rappler Newscast | February 18, 2014

Feb 18, 2014 - 10:48 PM

The SC says online libel is constitutional Estrada says witness Tuason offered pork barrel deals to other senators UN team: Kim Jong Un should be charged with crimes against humanity

SC rules online libel constitutional

Feb 18, 2014 - 6:34 PM

2nd UPDATE The High Court strikes down only 3 Cybercrime Law provisions including one that gives the justice department the power to take down online content without a court warrant It also rules online libel to be constitutional with one exception

CONSTITUTIONAL. Supreme Court spokesman Ted Te announces ruling on the Cybercrime law. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

TIMELINE: The road to SC's Cybercrime Law verdict

Feb 18, 2014 - 3:11 PM

The Supreme Court decision on the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 can be traced all the way to Sept 12 2012 when President Aquino first signed it into law

'Libel gone is best-case scenario for SC Cybercrime ruling'

Jan 26, 2014 - 12:09 AM

Anything can happen with the Supreme Court ruling on the cybercrime law The SC can even rule against libel altogether not just online libel

Libelous tweet!

May 24, 2013 - 7:56 PM

A lawyer says it should serve as a warning to and guidance for people who use social media

Gov't asks SC to declare Cybercrime law valid

Dec 11, 2012 - 10:00 AM

Only one provision Sec 19 should be struck down as illegal the government tells the Supreme Court


Aquino says he favors decriminalizing libel

Oct 17, 2012 - 1:01 PM

President Aquino says he supports the decriminalization of libel after earlier defending a law imposing heavier penalties for online libel

'Exhausted' Sotto wants to give up Senate leadership

Oct 11, 2012 - 12:18 AM

If there would be an election in the 16th Congress then I will inform them that I’m not seeking for nomination as chairman of the committee on rules says Sen Sotto

Enrile: Where was Miriam when Cybercrime law was passed?

Oct 08, 2012 - 1:39 AM

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile defends the cybercrime law questions the absence of constitutional law expert Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago when bill was passed

‘Liking, sharing’ not punishable under cyber law – Angara

Oct 04, 2012 - 2:47 PM

Sen Ed Angara says those who like or share libelous posts are not automatically liable under the cyber law

Author of cybercrime law to file bill amending it

Oct 03, 2012 - 4:07 PM

The sponsor of the Cybercrime Act concedes there are some flaws and omissions in the law

Cyberauthoritarianism 101

Oct 03, 2012 - 2:49 PM

The cybercrime law fights the future and takes us back into the past one that is filled with memories of autocrats and tyrants of intolerance and impunity of the descent of darkness and the vigils for the dawn

Groups protest 'Cyber martial law'

Oct 02, 2012 - 6:21 PM

The Cybercrime Law is undemocratic and has negative implications on the right to free speech and privacy


DOJ opposed online libel - De Lima

Oct 01, 2012 - 5:51 PM

Justice Secretary De Lima says they opposed the online libel provision of the Cybercrime Prevention Act


Int'l watchdog hits cybercrime law

Sep 28, 2012 - 11:20 AM

Based in New York Human Rights Watch wants the Philippine government to repeal or replace the cybercrime law

Senators move to change cybercrime law

Sep 27, 2012 - 1:30 PM

Sen TG Guingona goes to the Supreme Court while Sen Francis Escudero plans to file a law amending the Cybercrime Prevention Act

Websites hacked in protest vs new law

Sep 26, 2012 - 11:37 PM

2nd UPDATE In a move to attract international attention hackers deface government websites to protest a Philippine law that penalizes online libel

Cybercrime law: Demonizing technology

Sep 26, 2012 - 7:16 AM

With this law even Mark Zuckerberg the owner of Facebook can be charged with cyber libel

Even cops confused over cybercrime law

Sep 25, 2012 - 2:53 PM

Police investigators say they re waiting for the law s implementing rules and regulations because we really do have a lot of questions

Guingona wants online libel repealed

Sep 21, 2012 - 4:21 PM

Senator TG Guingona plans to have parts of the law repealed

Finally, 'cyberbullied' Sotto's awaited law

Sep 15, 2012 - 6:43 PM

President Benigno Aquino III signs the Cybercrime Law which bans online libel