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MANILA, Philippines -- Organizations and individuals who have filed petitions against the Cybercrime Prevention Act have agreed to join forces and mount concerted actions to press their demand to scrap the controversial statute, beginning with a rally before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, when they hope the tribunal to issue a ruling.
The petitioners -- activist groups, freedom of expression advocates, media organizations, bloggers, lawyers and other sectors -- agreed to call themselves by the hashtag #NoToCybercrimeLaw during a meeting at the University of the Philippines College of Law Saturday.
Among those represented at the meeting were the Kabataan party-list, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility and the law firm headed by lawyer Harry Roque.
So far, 11 petitions have been filed against the cybercrime law, the latest that of the Philippine Bar Association, with more expected in the coming week, among these from women’s groups.
Representatives of groups that have petitioned the Supreme Court to strike down the Cybercrime Prevention Act hold thumbs down and chant at the end of a meeting at the University of the Philippines where they agreed to join forces and stage unified actions, beginning with a rally before the high court on October 9. (video courtesy of Fred Dabu)