PANELO TO FILE LIBEL RAPS VS. RAPPLER, INQUIRER

BY ROGER M. BALANZA Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo is filing libel charges against the online news site Rappler for reporting that he “endorsed” and “recommended” the early release of convicted rapist and murderer former Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez. At … Continue reading PANELO TO FILE LIBEL RAPS VS. RAPPLER, INQUIRER

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DAVAO BROADCASTER GAGS SELF, CLEANS FACEBOOK POSTS OVER FAKE NEWS VS. FLOIRENDO

The manager of a radio station in Davao City has stopped broadcasting his public affairs radio program and totally cleaned up his Facebook account of libelous politically-slanted posts over accusation he was spreading fake news. Michael Manguhig, radio station manager … Continue reading DAVAO BROADCASTER GAGS SELF, CLEANS FACEBOOK POSTS OVER FAKE NEWS VS. FLOIRENDO

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ANDANAR assures no public funds wasted in Europe “Rappler caravan”

There will be no public funds wasted in the government’s Press Freedom Caravan in European countries to discuss media-related issues, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) said on Monday.  PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar made this clarification after saying in an … Continue reading ANDANAR assures no public funds wasted in Europe “Rappler caravan”

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DURIAN POST EDITOR, PUBLISHER ACQUITTED IN NOGRALES LIBEL RAPS

The Regional Trial Court in Davao City has acquitted two print journalists in libel cases filed by former House Speaker Prospero Nograles in 2010. The October 16, 2017 decision by RTC Branch 11 Judge Leo Tolentino Madrazo dismissing  2 consolidated … Continue reading DURIAN POST EDITOR, PUBLISHER ACQUITTED IN NOGRALES LIBEL RAPS

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100 DAVAO JOURNALISTS TO SUE PAMATONG OVER DEATH THREATS

 FOR THREATENING TO KILL THEM BY FIRING SQUAD, about 100 Davao City journalists are separately filing criminal charges against a self-proclaimed lawyer, who had been described once as “crazy.” Ely Pamatong had threatened to kill by firing squad the journalists … Continue reading 100 DAVAO JOURNALISTS TO SUE PAMATONG OVER DEATH THREATS

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PAMATONG THREATENS TO EXECUTE DAVAO JOURNALISTS BY FIRING SQUAD

A self-proclaimed lawyer who had previously filed libel charges against Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and newspaper publisher and editor Roger Balanza has stirred another ruckus this time threatening to kill by firing squad Davao City journalists who did not … Continue reading PAMATONG THREATENS TO EXECUTE DAVAO JOURNALISTS BY FIRING SQUAD

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Cybercrime Law and Noynoy

Anakbayan assails the recent passing of the ‘Anti-Cybercrime Law’, or Republic Act 10175, as a paranoid measure by an onion-skinned administration.     It is yet another step backward for basic democratic rights such as the freedom of speech. While there has been widespread clamor to ‘decriminalize’ libel, the Aquino administration instead extended its reach to the Filipino ‘blogsphere.         Many legal experts, and even the United Nations, have criticized Philippine libel laws as “an infringement on the freedom of expression”.     We are not surprised that President Aquino would support RA 10175. The Internet is one forum where his … Continue reading Cybercrime Law and Noynoy

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Human Rights Watch: Cybercrime law violates free expression rights

New York-based watchdog Human Rights Watch on Friday urged the Philippine government to “repeal or replace” the Cybercrime Prevention Act, saying it violates the Constitution as well as international conventions. Brad Adams, Asia director for HRW, said the law “violates Filipinos’ rights to free expression and it is wholly incompatible with the Philippine government’s obligations under international law.” The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which the Philippines has been a partner since 1986, ensures “the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless … Continue reading Human Rights Watch: Cybercrime law violates free expression rights

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“Anonymous Philippines” hackers protesrting Philippine cybercrime lawdeface the web sites of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS)

(UPDATE) MANILA, Philippines – Hackers calling themselves “Anonymous Philippines” defaced the web sites of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) on Wednesday, September 26, to protest the new Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. The hackers said the law “effectively ends” freedom of expression in the Philippines and called for a revision of the law that punishes online libel. “The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 is the most notorious act ever witnessed in the cyberhistory of the Philippines, and the language of the bill is cunningly designed to make you think it only … Continue reading “Anonymous Philippines” hackers protesrting Philippine cybercrime lawdeface the web sites of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS)

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