Applicable Law Against Cyber Bullying In The Philippines

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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.

Anti-Cyberbullying-Expert-Sonnie-Santos

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.

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

 

7 Responsesto “Applicable Law Against Cyber Bullying In The Philippines”

  1. Shari Manalastas says:

    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

    • AskSonnie says:

      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.

  2. Jun Pogi says:

    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?

    • AskSonnie says:

      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.

  3. (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?

    • AskSonnie says:

      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.

  4. (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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