As online and offline protests continue to build up against the newly signed Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 or Republic Act No. 10175, at least three celebrities have actually expressed support for it.
Easily the most vocal is Sharon Cuneta who once again turned to Twitter to articulate her views.
The Megastar, who is not shy about posting her views on personal issues concerning her daughter KC and has been on the receiving end of nasty tweets herself, has given her vote of confidence on the law regarded by many as an affront to freedom of expression.
From her tweets, it can be gathered that Sharon has no problem with the libel clause reportedly inserted by Senator Tito Sotto, husband of her aunt Helen Gamboa.
When Twitter user Pinoy Hula-Hula (@FunnyManghuhula) tweeted her, “Madam Mega, suporta naman dyan sa protesta against #CyberCrime Law #NotoCyberCrimeLaw,” Sharon’s bold reply was “I Am for CyberCrime Law.”
Then once again, Mega found herself in familiar territory defending her stand against those who believe the contrary. Some of her replies included: “I’m all for the punishment of cybercrime. Some people have just gone too far.”
“Cybercrime law? If you’re a decent person to begin with, WHAT’S THERE TO FEAR? Ano yon, ang pumiyok, guilty?”
“As long as you take responsibility for what you say, that is respectable.”
“1. ako ok lang freedom of speech pero magpakilala ka. Madaming nasasaktan kasi nagtatago sa ibang identity ang
2. iba at tumatapang. Wala nang privacy ang mga tao. Pag may free speech dapat may responsibility.
3. Eh ang iba parang di na tayo human beings wala nang delicadeza. Dapat lang ma-punish ang mga naninirang puri.
4. pag sinira mo ang pangalan ng isang taong wala naman masamang ginagawa, para mo na syang pinatay.”
Sharon is not exactly alone in her position. Ciara Sotto, daughter of the controversial senator, is also in favor of the CyberCrime Law and tweeted “Amen” to Ate Shawie’s tweets.
Earlier, she also tweeted, “If your conscience is malinis…. Thou shall not be inis.”
Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez who also had her share of run-ins with Twitter bashers who personally attacked her and son Nate recently, agrees with the Megastar.
“Naiintindihan ko yung position ni Sharon [Cuneta], e… makaka-react ka talaga nang hindi mo naman gusto. I mean, tao ka, e, hindi ka naman robot, e,” Regine said in a recent interview with pep.ph.
With the CyberCrime Law, Regine is convinced that everyone, not just artists like her, will be protected from online trolls.
“Puwede ka nang magdemanda, e, at nahahanap sila. It’s good to have parameters, it’s good to have rules and regulations,” she added in the same interview.
Sharon’s husband, Senator Kiko Pangilinan, and Ogie Alcasid, Regine’s spouse, have so far not tweeted anything in reference to the controversial law even as the hash tag #NotoCyberCrimeLaw remains the number one trending topic on Twitter.