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. They specialize on Social Business, Employer Branding, Digital Strategy, Corporate Improvements and People & Organizational Development.

He is also the pioneer advocate of Cyber Wellness Education, at the forefront of promoting (1) digital parenting, (2) information privacy, (3) social web for social good and (4) bullying prevention.

15 Comments

  1. Hi. I have experienced being bullied in FB community. She was creating accounts under my name and pictures. She was threading stories about me. She was using a different name on FB even when texting us. Puro paninirang puri at death threats to my family were send to me. What should I do. to track her and find her? Can i file sue about this? thanks

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  2. hi i want to ask. is it possible to trace whre teh FB came from? kasi ang bata ay 8 years old so menor de edad at ginagamit nya ang name ng bata sa facebook tapos kunwari ang bata nag cocoment na REST in peace papa. tapos saying that this is my father he leaves us together with his mistress. that is the caption of the picture .the mother of boy is a TEACHEr.
    the husband is supporting, because of jobless he cannot support , but he is looking for a job. and he will support the children once he finds a job

    so being a teacher and a mother she needs to protect the welfare of the child.
    so the DEPED has the possibility to removed her license as a teacher?

    please advise

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    • I’m sorry po. Hindi ko po maintindihan yung iba tanong. But as for the FB kung ma trace, pwede po yan pero ang may kakayahan lang po ay ang PNP or NBI Cybercrime Division. Pero mahaba po na proseso yan. Please read this po for details:

      http://asksonnie.info/what-to-do-when-cyberbullied/

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