Finally, The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill that defines and punishes cybercrime to prevent and suppress its proliferation.
In different parts of the world, this is a must Act that should be approved by their respective governing body. Thank God that Congress of the Philippines has approved the act.
House Bill 5808, authored by Reps. Susan Yap (2nd District, Tarlac), Eric Owen Singson, Jr. (2nd District, Ilocos Sur), Marcelino Teodoro (1st District, Marikina City) and Juan Edgardo Angara (Lone District, Aurora), complies with the declared policy of the State, which recognizes the increasingly vital role of information and communications technology (ICT) as an enabler of key industries such as banking, broadcasting, business process outsourcing, electronic commerce and telecommunications, and as a driving force for the nation’s overall social and economic development.
Computer-related offenses such as computer forgery and computer-related fraud and content-related offenses which include cybersex, unsolicited commercial communication, cyber defamation and cyber threats are also punishable under the measure
Cybersex offense is punishable by prision mayor or a fine of P1,000,000 or both while child pornography offense is meted with a penalty of reclusion temporal or a fine of P1,250,000.
Furthermore, unsolicited commercial communications offense is punishable with arresto mayor or a fine of P250,000 or both.
More details on http://www.congress.gov.ph/press/details.php?pressid=6171