Update 10/12/13: After the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013- More Needs to Be Done
Update 9/19/13: Republic Act 10627 or the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013 has been signed into law, and cyberbullying is defined as one of the prohibited acts. Please read the salient points of the anti-bullying act of 2013
You may be interested to check the survey result that defined the local cyberbullying culture, some statistics related to incidence bullying and cybercbullying 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 today, Oct. 3, 2012.
Cyber bullying is not included in the new cybercrime law, but there are pending bills filed in both houses of congress on this. 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 families who are victim of cyber bullying.
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.