OFWs set ‘Black Friday’ vs anti-Cybercrime Law
SAYING that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are also likely target of the folly of the Cybercrime Law, migrants’ right group Migrante-Middle East calls on fellow OFWs around the world to register their strong opposition against the said measure, which was signed by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III last month into a law.
“Noting that many OFWs are fond users of various social networking sites, it is not farfetched that some of them will be unfairly or maliciously charge courtesy of Cybercrime Law,” said John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator.
He added for instance OFW-activists are using social networking sites as a medium to air their legitimate grievances against the government or any of its agencies and officials.
“OFWs postings in social networking are indeed very critical to the government especially if it pertains to OFWs rights and welfare and relevant issues to the sector,” Monterona citing as an example the proposal of a Manila Congresswoman to increase their OWWA membership premium from US$25 to US$50, which got the ire of the OFWs around the world lambasting and saying harsh words against the proponent.
“Another OFW issue at hand is the 150% Philhealth Premium hike, where our fellow OFWs are actively and vocally criticizing the Aquino govt. and Philhealth board in what we say illegal, unjustified hike on OFWs health premium,” Monterona added.
Monterona added, “May hibo pa ng martial law ang Cybercrime law na eto. Kaya dapat tutulan at hindi na sana pa isina-batas.”
Monterona is urging fellow OFWs not only in the Middle East but also in other continents to strongly register their opposition against the Cybercrime law.
“Let us register our opposition in various and peaceful ways to tell these martial law-admirer legislators that we will defend our constitutional right to freedom of expression. Let us better maximize the social networking sites by calling the junking or scrapping of the Cybercrime law,” Monterona said.