The Great Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago filed a bill under the Magna Carta for the Philippine Internet Freedom last July 3, 2013, separate from the Cybercrime Prevention Act. While the latter was immediately criticize by netizens of the World Wide Web, Santiago’s Internet Freedom was given a standing ovation by people all over the country, rejoicing behind their keyboard and mouse. Though the Cybercrime Prevention Act wills better internet activities, it’s just too much. The good thing about the Great Senator, was she understood the needs of the people using the Internet, what they do, and what they plan to do. She knows what the problem is, and she know how to address it. Unlike the Cybercrime Prevention Act which makes the governing body a dictator of the Internet. She also said that a comprehensive State framework for the administration of Intenet and communication technology in the Philippines should be established; this should be undertaken with the cooperation of both the government and private sector.
“Clearly, the laws that have an impact on cyrberspace must address the realities of the present and the challenges of the future,” Santiago said.
Among the pertinent provisions on Internet rights and freedom instituted by Santiago on the proposed measure (Part 2, Chapter III), are:
- Protection of the internet as an open network
- Promotion of network neutrality
- Promotion of universal access to the internet
- Right to privilege access to devices
- Right to freedom of speech and expression on the internet
- Protection of the freedom to innovate and create without permission
- Right to privacy of data
- Right to security of data
- Protection of intellectual property
- Promotion of development of internet, network and information and communications infrastructures
Thank you Great Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago for saving the us. Though, the Vice President, Makati Mayor and your fellow Senator (the Binays) might not appreciate your actions. The rest of us living on the 7,107 islands of the Philippines who have Internet access believe that you might win the next presidential elections.