Applicable Law Against Cyber Bullying In The Philippines

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You may be interested to check the survey result that defined the local cyberbullying culture, some statistics related to incidence bullying and cyberbullying in the Philippines, and the proactive steps to deal with cyber bullying.

 

I was asked if there is a law against cyber bullying in the Philippines, given the effectivity of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 is today, Oct. 3, 2012.

Cyber bullying is not included on the new cybercrime law, but there are pending bills filed in both houses of congress on this.

update: cyber bullying is part of the anti-bullying act of 2013 but it only covers students 
up to high school. Adult victims can use the other provisions of the cybercrime law, 
like libel and identity theft, if the bully used it.

It was widely believed that “Republic Act 7610 also known as  Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act” is being recognized as one of the possible laws that can be used by cyber bullying victims.

ARTICLE VI- Other Acts of Abuse

Section 10. Other Acts of Neglect, Abuse, Cruelty or Exploitation and Other Conditions Prejudicial to the Child’s Development. –

(a) Any person who shall commit any other acts of child abuse, cruelty or exploitation or to be responsible for other conditions prejudicial to the child’s development including those covered by Article 59 of Presidential Decree No. 603, as amended, but not covered by the Revised Penal Code, as amended, shall suffer the penalty of prision mayor in its minimum period.

If, however,  the cyber bully created a false account about the victim, the cybercrime law, may now be used as basis for filing of complaint.

There is a special challenge to identify the cyber bully since bullying can be done anonymously, or hide behind a pseudo online personality. But according to PH law enforcement groups, they have the capability to trace the identity of the anonymous bully.

If in anyway, you or your family is a victim of cyber bullying, you can file an  ONLINE complaint at PNP CIDG’s PROJECT ANGEL

 

 

 

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Applicable Law Against Cyber Bullying In The Philippines
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It was widely believed in the legal circles that "Republic Act 7610 also known as Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act" is being recognized as one of the possible laws that can be used by bullying and cyberbullying victims

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SONNIE SANTOS is the Chief Equipping Officer of WSPH Training and Consulting, his group specialises on Social Business and Employer Branding, Digital Strategy, Corporate Improvement Programs and People and Organizational Development.

He is also the pioneer advocate of cyber wellness- giving talks to promote (1) digital parenting, (2) data privacy, (3) social web for social good and (4) bullying prevention.

11 Comments

  1. hi sir i would like to ask how can i file a case against people who cyberbullied me in facebook..they keep talking about me in comments and post,and also send me private message.i work here in hongkong and they are in the philippines right now.

    thanks in advance!

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  2. hi :) I just read a conversation of a certain people talking about me somewhat backbitting at me I read something that is really below the belt already is that a cyber crime already? if it is how can I report them? they we’re actually planning to poison me yet the another person refuse to her plan. how cab i teach them a lesson ? I read it at the bullies facebook

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    • Hi Shari,

      Make sure you have a screenshot of the conversation, then proceed to the nearest PNP women’s desk in your area. They will be able to help you from there.

      Please keep me posted.

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  3. Hi. I just joined a facebook community group. In this group they had a discussion where in they post pictures of a vehicle not properly park with plate number clearly shown in it. They tagged this discussion as “stupid drivers” and calling them “mga ngengot”. Can this be consider as a cyber bullying?

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    • the elements of cyberbullying may include: deliberate and repeated act, use of technology to cause an embarrassment, fear and loss of dignity to another person. But in your example, only plate numbers are shown. Car owners and drivers are not necessarily one person.

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  4. Hi. I just joined a facebook community group. In this group they had a discussion where in they post pictures of a vehicle not properly park with plate number clearly shown in it. They tagged this discussion as “stupid drivers” and calling them “mga ngengot”. Can this be consider as a cyber bullying?

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    • the elements of cyberbullying may include: deliberate and repeated act, use of technology to cause an embarrassment, fear and loss of dignity to another person. But in your example, only plate numbers are shown. Car owners and drivers are not necessarily one person.

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  5. (1) Does the current law on bullying “really” criminalize bullying? as a whole? with that, i mean including school bullying. of course, they would call it juvenile delinquency and so no imprisonment and just rehab, etc. (2) But other than school bullying, is there a penalty, like imprisonment, on such acts?

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    • the anti-bullying law only covers high school students and below. school principals, after evaluation of the case and factors affecting juvenile incidents, and after proper consultation with lawyers and other stakeholders, may file a criminal case IF act falls under the revised penal code.

      for adults, other laws may apply. like some provisions of cybercrime law may be used to addressed cyber bullying.

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  6. (1) Does the current law on bullying “really” criminalizes it? As a whole? With that i mean including school bullying. Of course, they would say it’s juvenile delinquency and so no imprisonment and just rehabilitation,etc. (2) But if not school bullying, is there a penalty like imprisonment? Thanks

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