IMAGES | 1081 redux? Pinoy netizens up in arms vs Aquino's 'e-Martial Law'
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MANILA, Philippines - Forty years after Martial Law when the Marcos regime curtailed freedom of expression by muzzling press freedom through Presidential Proclamation 1081, Pinoy netizens are now up in arms against what they dubbed as "e-Martial Law" or Republic Act 10175.
While lawyers, journalists, civil society organizations and other concerned citizens troop to the Supreme Court to file petitions to stop the implementation of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, netizens upload messages, images, and posters on their Facebook accounts to assail the law.
The FB community page, 1M Filipino Netizens Against Cybercrime Law, which so far has over 2,000 FB likes, says that, "If speaking up against idiocy in government and unconstitutional amendments is a crime, then I am PROUD TO BE A CYBER CRIMINAL."
"40 Years after the Declaration of Martial Law.. We Fight once more for Freedom on a Different Field.. MAKIBAKA! FIGHT FOR THE FREEDOM OF THE INTERNET! STAND UP AGAINST POLITICIANS WHO SEEK TO USE THE LAW AS A SHIELD AGAINST CRITICISM!," the FB page states.
It further says that, "The true nature of our government was revealed when it passed the cybercrime law in record time while the Freedom of Information bill which targets corruption is shelved as non priority."
Below are the anti-e-Martial Law messages and posters that netizens uploaded on their FB accounts.