Youth groups stage action on the continuation of oral arguments on Cybercrime Law

YOUTH groups from different schools and communities staged a symbolic protest action in front of the Supreme Court calling to repeal the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 or Cybercrime Law on the continuing oral arguments on 15 petitions against the said law.

“We are watching every action of the Supreme Court on hearing the petitions against Cybercrime Law,” said Marc Lino Abila, College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) national deputy secretary-general.

“There are at least 30 million Filipinos who use the internet and a large part of this number is youth. The youth will be greatly affected by this law if not repealed.”

The protesters hanged banners with calls to junk the law at the balcony of the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of the Philippines Manila which is right beside the Supreme Court.

The group also threw confetti made of old newspapers from the balcony of UP Manila.

“This action is for the justices of the Supreme Court to heed the voice of the youth to junk the Cybercrime Law which violates the civil and democratic freedoms of the Filipino people,” explained Abila.

“The newspaper confetti also symbolizes our advocacy for press freedom.”

According to Abila, the law violates the following rights under the Philippine Constitution: freedom of speech, of expression and of the press; right against double jeopardy; and right to due process at the right to privacy among others.

“We will vigilantly watch the actions of the justices of the Supreme Court on the hearing the petitions. The youth will stage larger protest actions to show the high court and lawmakers on the youth’s distaste on this law which deserves to be repealed,” Abila said.

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