Content Development and Web Coordination Editor
Mr. Jonathan Rodriguez
Today's world has enabled us with the capacity to gain access to information with unprecedented ease, thanks in large part to the Internet. If we want to learn about anything, all we need to do is to go online, type in the search bar of any search engine, and in mere seconds, a myriad of articles full of data are at one's fingertips. However, having this ease of access to information is a cause for concern. Since more and more people are logging into the Internet using their accounts, such activities leave them susceptible to various cybercrimes ranging from skimming and phishing scams, and identity theft and fraud, cybersex, child pornography, and using sites for libelous acts (as defined in Article 355 of the Revised Philippine Penal Code).
In 2012, the Cybercrime Prevention Act, also known as RA 10175, was signed by President Benigno Aquino III to serve as a legal measure against Internet crime. More recently, the Philippine government's Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) signed the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. This serves as a progressive step towards enforcing the Law in Cyberspace.
RA 10175 defined various kinds of cybercrimes, ranging from offenses against confidentiality, integrity, and availability of computer data and systems which include illegal access, interception, and data and system interference, and misuse of devices (commonly known as phishing); computer-related offenses such as forgery, fraud, and identity theft; and content-related offenses such as cybersex, child pornography, and unsolicited commercial communications. Those who are caught and found guilty will be penalized depending on the severity of their crime.
The three departments are working in close partnership with one another to enforce this law and ensure a safe Internet environment for Filipinos. DOJ Secretary Leila M. de Lima stresses that crimes should not go unpunished and that wherever cyber-criminals may be found, the full force of the law must apply.
DILG Undersecretary for Operations Atty. Edwin Enrile and DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo both echo the same sentiment pertaining to cooperation.
"The imperative of having a legal framework that penalizes cybercrime and its many evolving forms provides for strong international cooperation, given the transnational nature of cybercrime, and lays out an effective implementation strategy anchored on the regime of electronic evidence," said Atty. Enrile.