Guidelines vs gender-based online sexual harassment ikinasa ng DOJ

Guidelines vs gender-based online sexual harassment ikinasa ng DOJ

December 31, 2021 @ 3:12 PM 8 months ago

MANILA, Philippines- Inaprubahan na ni Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra ang mga alituntunin sa pagkalap ng ebidensya ay pagbuo ng kaso ukol sa gender-based online sexual harassment (GBOSH).

Inihayag ng DOJ nitong Biyernes na ang mga alituntunin ay “submitted by a Technical Working Group composed of representatives from the DOJ and the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation).”

Alinsunod ang naturang guidelines sa mga probisyon ng Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) ng Republic Act No. 11313 o ang Safe Spaces Act.

“The Guidelines state that the following laws and established rules shall govern the investigation and prosecution of GBOSH cases: R.A. No. 11313 and its IRR; R.A. No. 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012) and its IRR; Rule on Cybercrime Warrants; Rules on Electronic Evidence; and the 2019 Amendments to the 1989 Revised Rules on Evidence,” ayon sa DOJ.

Dagdag nito, sa ilalim ng RA 11313, ang GBOSH “is a criminal act that uses information and communications technology (ICT) in terrorizing and intimidating victims through:

  • Physical, psychological, and emotional threats, unwanted sexual misogynistic, transphobic, homophobic and sexist remarks and comments online whether publicly or through direct and private messages;

  • Invasion of the victim’s privacy through cyberstalking and incessant messaging;

  • Uploading and sharing without the consent of the victim any form of media that contains photos, voice, or video with sexual content;

  • Any unauthorized recording and sharing of any of the victim’s photos, videos or any information online;

  • Impersonating identities of victims online or posting lies about victims to harm their reputation; or

  • Filing false abuse reports to online platforms to silence victims.”

“Under the said law, the Philippine National Police-Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNPACG) is tasked to receive complaints regarding GBOSH cases, but the National Bureau of Investigation-Cybercrime Division (NBI-CCD) shall also handle cases involving the same,” base sa DOJ.

Sakaling kinakailangan ng imbestigasyon ng GBOSH incident ng kooperasyon ng foreign counterparts, sinabi ng DOJ na “the law enforcement authorities (LEAs) shall coordinate with the Department of Justice – Office of Cybercrime (DOJ OOC) as the 24/7 Point of Contact (POC) in the Philippines under the purview of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime.”

“The DOJ, through its National Prosecution Service (NPS), serves as the prosecution arm of the government. Thus, it is mandated to undertake the prosecution of persons who violate the provisions of special laws including R.A. No. 11313,” patuloy nito. RNT/SA