It was yesterday when 7 websites in the Philippines are being hacked by a group of people all in pursuit of defying a law being passed days ago by the Aquino Administration.
The sites, mostly from government institutions, found difficult to recover as Filipino hacktivists constantly hacking such sites as protest as well as unveiling weakness in government sites known for being most secured.
However, some tend to recover in midst of the attacks, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas had immediately worked to restore the site after being hacked, yet despite all the restorations, certain links to electronic files of BSP issuances and publications remained unavailable due to the attacks given by Anonymous.
Bombarding their headquaters...digitally despite precautions
Reminiscent of China's "Bombard the Headquarters", such actions taken by hacktivists against government sites rather showed a direct action other than those who used social media in organizing people against the recently enacted cybercrime law.
Most people tend to call the said law as "E-Martial law" especially after the libel clause that tends to consider criticisms against individuals and even the state as "Libelous" same as giving government power to surveil people especially those daring to criticize state policies such as human rights.
According to Brad Adams, Asia Director for Human Rights Watch, it stated that:
"The cybercrime law needs to be repealed or replaced. It violates Filipinos’ rights to free expression and it is wholly incompatible with the Philippine government’s obligations under international law."
Senator Teofisto "TG" Guingona also criticized the said act, especially asit denies equal protection for people charged with libel and having provisions of double jeopardy that made the accused charged both libel and the newly-approved act.
However, Malacanang still tends to justify the said law and even backs the controversial libel clause and even urged the hackers as well as critics to "bring protest in proper forum".
Abigail Valte, one of the Presidential spokespersons, said (Via ABS CBN):
"Freedom is never absolute, even in the Constitution you see that. There are responsibilities that do accompany our freedoms, the freedoms that we do posses...you have a new platform for people to engage in and that’s only fitting also that there should be regulation to some extent,"
Yet still despite the appeals, criticisms against the said bill continues especially for hackers whose hatred against the system used direct means to create tension, especially after being started by a legislator being bombarded by criticism all after his plagarism and his opposition to a bill still being discussed by Senate and Congress.
Quite strange these days that as people clamor for freedom of information as well as decriminalizing Libel, the said "Anti-Cybercrime Law" negates earlier calls and even putting everyone at risk despite its benefit.
Yes, the said law may have protected women and children as well as companies, but the libel clause undermines the original purpose of the said act that made most people think that the said law been made to silence criticism against the state.
That made this writer ridicule some those in favor: are these people onion skinned enough to endure criticisms and be assailed after their policies and actions? Of getting their headquarters bombarded such as hacked sites?
Why not rethink their policies instead?