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PANGASINAN 5TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE FILES INTERNET FREEDOM BILL

By Loejan S. Anudon

The world is now within easy reach of our finger tips. With just a few key strokes, we gain access to information that previously would take some of us lifetimes to realize. Such is the magnitude of the world-wide-web. The Internet brought us the globe and has systematically condensed it within the devices that we can easily cradle in the palms of our hands.

But with this great privilege, some ground rules were left off in the haste to develop and innovate in the new frontier. There wasn’t a clear protocol on how to extend being a responsible and conscientious citizen on to the new environ. What resulted was an inadequately thought out reaction that gave birth to the ineffectually crafted Anti-Cybercrime Law which managed to pass without much input from those who may have more experience and expertise on the nuances and inter-workings of the environment supposedly regulated by this law, the Internet.

On July 4, 2013, Pangasinan 5th district representative, Kimi Cojuangco filed the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (MCPIF) as House Bill No. 1086. It is the counterpart of the senate bill filed by Senator Miriam Santiago, the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom, formally titled as Senate Bill No. 53 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MAGNA CARTA FOR PHILIPPINE INTERNET FREEDOM, CYBERCRIME PREVENTION AND LAW ENFORCEMENT, CYBERDEFENSE AND NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY. Rep. Kimi Cojuangco has learned to harness the breadth of influence that could be had online (as evidenced by the effectiveness of her Twitter conversations regarding her advocacy for the RH Bill).

It is quite apropos that the internet freedom bill is the first crowd-sourced document to be introduced in congress. Using Google docs, a freeware which allows collaboration among different users, the preliminary draft of what is to become the Magna Carta was created by a number of contributors who became united through Twitter and Facebook censure of the Anti-Cybercrime Law.

The Philippine Internet Freedom Bill will in essence repeal the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

Instead of punishing its citizens for irresponsible use of this information and communications technology (ICT), the Magna Carta seeks to empower its citizenry by providing guidelines for proper usage and the tools to empower them to harness this new technology. In addition, the Internet freedom bills in both the Senate and Congress will safeguard existing civil and political rights of all Filipinos and extend it to the Internet.

Here are some key points covered by the bill:

  1. Internet Rights and Freedom
    1. Freedom of Speech – considering that this valuable section of the Bill of Rights was overstepped by some provisions of the Anti-Cybercrime Law, this bill upholds that right for all citizens with the same provisions that it not be used to infringe on existing laws such as child pornography and does not compromise existing regulations on confidentiality and security.
    2. Universal Access – this bill will protect and promote everyone’s right to access the Internet unless they are convicted of criminal offenses at which point their rights may be suspended.
    3. Right to Privacy of and Security of Data – guarantees a person’s right of privacy over their data and network rights and all persons shall have the right to protect the security of their data. Meaning how you use the Internet and what you use it for will be afforded a measure of security and privacy.
    4. Protection of Intellectual Property and the Internet as an Open Network – gives the right for creators of any content published on the internet ownership or intellectual rights over their creations. Plagiarists will be prosecuted under existing regulations (Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines).
    5. Transparency in Governance and Freedom of Information – the State will provide for and maintain a system to allow the public to view and download public information on plans, policies, programs, documents and records of government.
  2. Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) – a new department will be created to be “the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing, regulating and administrative entity of the executive branch of the government that will promote and help develop the country’s ICT sector and ensure reliable and cost-efficient communications facilities, other multimedia infrastructure and services.”
  3. Regulations for the Promotion of Internet Rights and Freedoms – includes amendments to the Public Telecommunications Policy Act to include language pertaining to Internet service networks. It also outlines obligations of the State to comply with international laws and standards for the Internet.
  4. Cybercrimes and Other Prohibited Acts – it is unlawful for any person to use the Internet to commit crimes such as fraud, prostitution, human trafficking, child pornography, sabotage, hacking, stealing data, infringement of intellectual property rights, hate speech, and libel. This section amends a number of existing acts to include language pertaining to the use of the Internet.
  5. National Cybersecurity, Cyberdefense, Counter-Cyberterrorism, and Counter-Cyberespionage – provides for the national security and protection against any attacks from foreign or local entities, assigning several law enforcement agencies to lead defensive and counter measures.
  6. Penalties – a Cybercrime Court will be designated for all matters concerning the enforcement of all the rules outlined in the Magna Carta.
  7. Implementing Rules and Regulations – are to be the responsibility of various assigned governmental offices in conjunction with the secretary of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT).
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CUTTING OFF YOUR NOSE TO SPITE YOUR FACE!

By Loejan S. Anudon

CUTTING OFF YOUR NOSE TO SPITE YOUR FACE! – A common saying befitting the recent move of the national government to obliterate the Php45M yearly upkeep allocation for the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) in Morong, Bataan.

The BNPP is an exigent issue that should be given utmost priority on the floor. The projected rotating brownouts and high cost of electricity are plagues that continuously cripple the country’s economy. The relentless rise of electric cost in the country triggers the incessant demand for wage increases. It also causes prices on all commodities to soar as fast in the market that, eventually, the people are pinned to suffer.
Loss of livelihoods, closure of foreign and local businesses and mass layoffs are also imminent consequences.

The move to thwart the upkeep of the BNPP will lead to the denial of one of the major means that could emancipate the country from regression. The BNPP is a viable source of energy and what if the next Philippine president will understand the value when he reaps the benefit of this endowment? There has never been any irrevocable ruling to the BNPP’s re-commissioning or final closure so why such move to capitulate its upkeep unless it is aimed to deteriorate it intentionally?

Former Pangasinan Representative Mark Cojuangco reiterated the importance of the mothballed BNPP during a tour at the site in Morong, Bataan on August 3, 2013. He said that the BNPP is significantly safer than that in Fukushima, Japan. The Fukushima power plant could have stood the devastation of the Tsunami had it been designed like the BNPP which has a seismic acceleration of higher threshold equivalent to 0.4G than that of the former with only 0.18G, he added.

The BNPP is younger than 70 percent of nuclear plants currently operating in the United States, thus an attestation to its dependability. The Kori II, BNPP’s virtual twin in age and design in Korea has been operating perfectly since its inception and the cost of the plant was recovered in just six years of operation, the former solon emphasized.

Negative speculations and irrational fear could have been the only basis of the suspension and, normally, many
base their decision-makings on paranoia and past histories that are irrelevant or inferior to the BNPP’s design and foolproof.

Is the government sincere in its reforms for development? Reliable and low-cost electricity is the incessant cry of all the Filipino people. Local and foreign businesses point to the high cost and undependable source of electricity as one major deterrent in enticing new investors to the country, hampering progress and development. The Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines (JFC) and the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) are being blamed as heartless by TUCP executive vice president Gerardo Seno. However, TUCP president Democrito Mendoza said they sympathize with the business group’s campaign to roll down the cost of electricity. The JFC, ECOP and TUCP should unite to press for the re-commissioning of the BNPP.

To resort to wind and sun as what is being indoctrinated by former US vice president, Al Gore is not a stable source of energy. A slight fluctuation in power supply could result to considerable damages and losses to highly sensitive processes of giant industrial firms; accurate reading results to delicate hospital apparatuses is also largely compromised that can situate patients critically.

Coal has been eyed as a redeemer but obviously, this is simply to evade the services of the BNPP. Eventually, it will situate us all in jeopardy. “There’s no such thing as clean coal, it is still coal, dirty coal!” says Dr. Marc Caratao, a Filipino engineer trained by Al Gore. Coal is a dirty source of energy.

Everything with the word “nuke” in it always connotes evil, spawning irrational fear; these are mindsets that Cojuangco consistently tries to alleviate.

The ill consequences of the interminable political supremacy always settle on the people and the feared political impact that the BNPP could possibly spawn is what is being eyed on more than the benefit it could bestow … tributaries that keep our country constantly miserable.