Jane Uymetiao presenting during the Social Good Summit morning session
The Cybercrime Act was one of the topics that dominated the open forum of the Social Good Dialogue and Summit yesterday at the Greenbelt MyCinema and AIM Conference Hall. It was the proverbial “elephant in the room” since only a few speakers touched on it but you could feel that the audience wanted them to discuss it.
Personally I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ask Undersecretary Manolo Quezon III his thoughts about it during the morning session and he was game enough to do so. Manolo shared that debates on the Cybercrime Act were important and that it’s the first step in a process. The implementing rules and regulations have yet to be fleshed out and he confirmed that Senator Guingona is planning to challenge the bill and have some parts of it amended. Continue reading
On the Campaign Trail in 2010: TG Guingona with bloggers in his HQ in QC
In 2010 I campaigned for several candidates who I thought were truly deserving of being in the Senate. One of the senators I campaigned the hardest for (next only to my Tita Toots of course hehe) is Senator TG Guingona. Today I can say that I am happy and proud to have campaigned for him. He’s the only Senator that actually opposed and voted against the Cybercrime Act. Here’s his full statement. Continue reading
Sen. Blas F. Ople
My grandfather once told me this:
Umiikot ang mundo, hindi puwede nakatayo lang tayo dito.
I’ve used this quote in almost all of the speaking engagements I’ve done about New Media, Social Media, and Digital Marketing in the last 5 years. As I write this entry though this quote has so much more significance. Why? Because a few days ago President Aquino signed into law Republic Act No. 10175, otherwise known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
Photo via tioharimrtie.blogspot.com
When I heard the news that the law was passed, I was thrilled. The version I read last year basically gave the government power to go after people behind child pornography, cybersex (which are closely related to human trafficking), identity theft, spamming, and hacking. This struck close to my heart because I remember visiting PNP a few years ago with Sonnie Santos to meet with Col. Sosa of the Angelnet group. There were a couple of foreigners roaming the grounds and when I asked the police who they were they said that they were caught for exploiting Filipinos by paying them to do child pornography and cybersex. The PNP couldn’t put them into jail because there was no specific law against it. My heart was crushed when I heard this. That’s why I was happy when I finally found out that the law that will help the PNP get these people behind bars was passed.
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Right now we have around 30-35% penetration of the population using the Internet. A time will come when this number will skyrocket and I’m betting it will happen in the next 5 years. Majority of Filipinos will be able to connect and meet the Internet for the first time not via laptops or desktops but through their mobile phones. We’re already seeing Php2,000 Android smartphones entering the market. This is a game changer.
When that time comes information will be democratized and people who want to run for office will no longer have to sell their souls to raise campaign funds. Informed debate will happen on the Internet because the medium is built for that. TV only dedicates a fraction of the time it has for news and even then they still have to worry about ratings. Because of this being a celebrity will no longer be an advantage when it comes to running for public office. It might even be a disadvantage.
I’m tired of the same old faces. Change is looming in the horizon and I am excited.
For now: Pray harder. Be better. Care more. Love more. Serve more. Learn more. Live more (naks, Smart).
So that when the time comes, you will be ready.
In life there’s no avoiding getting haters. We all have our own world views and most of the time those differences will lead to clashes and conflict. It’s even more evident today with the rise of blogging and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. I’ve had some experience in this (lol) so I guess I just want to share how I deal with them. Here are three tips that I’ve followed and learned through the years that you might find helpful.
1. Ignore them.
If there’s one thing you have to understand about haters is that they do not criticize, they attack. They take pleasure in putting you down. There is absolutely no point in trying to engage with them (especially online) because they’ve already made up their mind to shoot you down with their AK-47 even before you raise the flag for parley, lol.
Remove them from your immediate consciousness because they will just wear you down and cause undeserved stress. They can distract you from doing what you’re supposed to be doing. Remember: you can never please them or satisfy them.
What about the feedback that they give? If you have the strength, patience, and will power to see through the hate and find the nuggets of wisdom, then go for it. If not, don’t worry. You can always get feedback from non-haters and it will just be as good, if not better.
HOWEVER, if the time comes that there is a genuine window or opportunity for you to work with them and settle your differences, go for it. Take the initiative and be compassionate.
Tips 2 and 3 after the break. Continue reading