Coalition vs e-Martial Law calls on youths to join Oct. 9 protest

FOLLOWING the formation of a broad coalition against what has been termed ‘e-Martial Law’, the youth group Anakbayan announced its full support for the coalition’s call for a massive protest on October 9 to compel the Supreme Court to declare the Cybercrime Law ‘unconstitutional’.

The alliance, #NoToCybercrimeLaw, was founded yesterday in an assembly at the University of the Philippines College of Law at the urging of those who filed various petitions at the SC regarding the said Law.

The assembly was attended by a wide array of organizations and anti-Cybercrime Law personalities (complete list at end of article) such as Kabataan partylist rep. Mong Palatino, UP Law professor Harry Roque, Lyceum Law professor Rommel Bagares, former UP CMC dean Luis Teodoro, Computer Professionals’ Union, National Union of Journalists in the Philippines, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance, Filipino Freethinkers, Pixel Offensive artist collective, Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders and Advocates, National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers, and Kabataan Partylist.

“Noynoy has drawn the battle lines by flat-out refusing to consider even touching the Cybercrime Law. We are left with no other recourse but to pressure the Supreme Court or lawmakers to junk the bill by hammering them with massive protests” said Vencer Crisostomo, national chairperson of Anakbayan.

In separate statements last Friday, both the President and House Speaker Sonny Belmonte categorically rejected to remove any and all of the ‘dangerous’ provisions of the law, including the introduction of ‘online libel’, the power to take down websites without court orders, and the authorization to commit online surveillance and monitoring.

“We should no longer have any illusions that we are Noynoy’s ‘bosses’. He has shown his true colors as an arrogant, power-hungry, and hypocritical president. And if we take a page out of Philippine history, then the only way to fight such a tyrant is by people power” said Crisostomo.

“As a sector who is generally open-minded, and thus critical of any wrong-doing, the Filipino youth is one of the main targets of e-Martial Law. Many bloggers and those active on Facebook and Twitter in exposing government wrong-doing are in fact from this sector. We thus call on our fellow youths to take fight offline and surround the Supreme Court” said the youth leader.

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