Youth and students launched a protest action on January 15 to oppose the implementation of RA 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Law
They timed their protest with a Supreme Court session to hear petitions against the Cybercrime Law. They firmly oppose the law because it suppresses freedom of expression on the internet. It will merely become an instrument of government to silence its critics. Even ordinary people may become victims of this law because of its expanded provisions such as that on e-libel and invasion of individual privacy over the internet.
Other progressive groups joined the protest, including “hacktivists” who are also actively against the Cybercrime Law.
Meanwhile, students in Bicol, Cebu, Pangasinan, Cavite and Negros launched simultaneous mass actions to protest the law. Other youth protests are slated in the following weeks because of continuing Supreme Court hearings on the law.