PTV Station 4 asked me to join a TV forum today. I decided to say yes because I feel very strongly about this new law and I had recovered from the onset of a cold and cough.
Unlike during the time of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos time, the government station was very open to airing views that were contrary to those of the present government.
The forum had guests from all sides of the controversy and I was glad to meet three from the law enforcement sector:
- Louis Casambre, Department of Science and Technology undersecretary and Executive Director of the department’s Info & Communications Technology Office;
- Senior Inspector Kimberly Molitas-Gonzales, spokesperson of the Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG); and
- Joey Narciso of the National Bureau of Investigation Cyber Crime Unit.
I also met two private lawyers active on Internet law, both nicknamed “J.J.” – lawyer Jennifer Atienza and Jose Jesus Disini Jr., director of the University of the Philippines Law Internet Society Program. And of course fellow blogger Jane Uymatiao of Blogwatch Philippines was there.
Unfortunately, I was unable to meet in person afterward two of the guests from the Business Process Outsourcing Association of the Philippines - Genny Marcial, executive director for external affairs and lawyer Raul Cortez, also of the BPAP.
Questions from the floor and from those outside the studio showed me that the youth are very much aware of the controversy. But they were unsure, like me and many netizens, what its full implications were.
The three hosts – Kathy San Gabriel, Atty. Marc Castrodes and Gio Tingson – kept the ball rolling.