PLM Picket at COMELEC Against Cybercrime Law PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 October 2012 10:11

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National political party calls for the junking of senators

who voted for the Cybercrime Law

 

Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM), a certified national political party of the marginalized sectors, takes up the campaign against Cybercrime Law by calling for the junking of senators who voted for the Cybercrime Law during the coming elections.

Around a hundred PLM members staged a rally in front of the Comelec building on October 5, the last day of filing for candidacy for those running in the 2013 elections.

PLM identified the fourteen senators who voted for the Cybercrime Law, namely: Senators Edgardo Angara, Jinggoy Estrada, Gringo Honasan, Ping Lacson, Lito Lapid, Loren Legarda, Koko Pimentel, Bong Revilla, Tito Sotto, Ralph Recto, Manny Villar, Pia Cayetano, Bongbong Marcos and Chiz Escudero. The last four senators however (Senators Angara, Cayetano, Marcos, and Escudero) have either passed an amendment against the online libel provision of the law or said they would work for the law’s revision.

Sonny Melencio, chairman of PLM, said, “We call for the junking of the Cybercrime Law and the junking of the senators, who voted for it, during the coming elections. We will however stop the Junk campaign if the senators involved are ready to reverse their position, or amend the harsh, punitive, and anti-democratic provisions of law.”

“Out of fourteen senators, we will focus on ten senators who have not changed their support to the Cybercrime Law. This is not a blackmail, but a responsible response to the martial law character of the law. The Cybercrime Law imposes a chilling effect on the population, especially the youth and the Netizens in the country, who will be severely affected by so-called online libel and other issues,” Melencio stressed.

“The campaign will hit the grassroots community and factories nationwide where PLM has a base. Because of the severity of the issue, we want to hit the senators where it will hurt most—the votes,” Melencio ended. #

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:34
 

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