After much online resistance on the Anti-cybercrime law, a bill seeking to allow the public to comment on filed bills has been suggested in Senate.
Under the proposed Senate Bill No. 3300, people would be allowed to comment through the internet before the House of Representatives and Senate discuss or approve the bill.
“From Batanes to Sulu, people must be allowed to participate in the process of law-making. When people are allowed to participate, we have better laws,” Senator Teofisto Guingona III who filed the bill said.
“When people are allowed to participate, we have better laws. When people are allowed to participate, we have better people,” he noted.
Guingona hopes his proposal would make lawmakers more accessible to public especially during periods of debates.
He also believes his bill, Crowdsourcing Act of 2012, would ensure lawmakers are guided by people’s views before they make their final vote on the controversial measures.
Guingona has been at the forefront of protests against Cybercrime Prevent Act’s controversial provisions particularly on the criminal liability of libel before the Supreme Court.
Netizens argue the new law’s provision on giving authority to Department of Justice (DOJ) to take down contents or entire websites that are considered as cybercrime violates the freedom of expression.
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