Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Cybercrime test case Online sex video

MANILA, Philippines - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the complaint filed by a 17-year-old girl seeking to stop the circulation of a sex video that has been on the Internet for two years now. She said that this case will be resolved through other relevant laws since the Cybercrime Prevention Act has been halted.

The complaint was filed via electronic mail on October 3, the first day of the law’s implementation. Acting on 15 petitions against the law, the Supreme Court on October 9 issued a 120-day halt order.

De Lima assured the case will prosper since the NBI, backed by other laws, can still request websites to remove the video.

"The NBI may act on this case perhaps under anti-photo and video voyeurism act or R.A. 9995. The victim is a minor, so can you imagine the anguish, anxiety and humiliation she went through because of that? We need to preserve human dignity," she explained in a chance interview.

R.A. 9995 imposes the penalty of three to seven years of imprisonment and a fine of P100,000 to P500,000 against a person found guilty of voyeurism.

Nonetheless, de Lima said they will continue accepting complaints falling under the new law for evaluation purposes.

"If the complainants insist that we act, we will ask them to excuse us and explain to them that the cybercrime law is not in effect. But we will evaluate the complaints and see if other laws may be applied," she said.

source abs-cbnnews

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