|Senator TG Guingona-Virtual Hero of Filipino Netizens|
The public backlash against the unconstitutionality of some of the provisions of the recently passed Cybercrime Law is growing. Spearheading this public outcry on the flaws of the Cybercrime Law are the Filipino internet users or Netizens, which is the the group or sector directly affected by the law. Let me give you some data about this group.
According to Wikipedia , the Philippines is ranked 18th ( out of 193 ) in the list of countries by number of Internet users in 2011, roughly 29% of its current population ( 29,531,842 ). And a recent survey ranks the Philippines as the top user of the social media : Facebook. What do these data mean? They mean that there are 29 million internet users or Netizens in the country that would be affected by this new law.
Yesterday, Senator Teofisto Guingona III filed a petition in the Supreme Court to amend the unconstitutional provisions of the Cybercrime Law. His petition is the fourth petition that was filed in the Supreme Court. But he is the first to do so from the Senate to support the public outcry for amendments to this new law governing internet use in the country. Wittingly or unwittingly, his move gave a "face" to this public outcry to the Cybercrime Law. He virtually became the icon of this movement and the "Virtual Hero" of the Filipino Netizens.
Whether his petition succeeds or not, his action has surely endeared him to the Filipino Netizens. And surely, these Filipino Netizens will be always be grateful to him and for his unselfish support in their cause.
Two thumbs up for Senator TG Guingona!
Note : Senator TG Guingona voted against the passage of the Cybercrime Law in the Senate.
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