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Cybercrime Act a hot topic during the Social Good Summit

By on Sep 23, 2012 in Cybercrime Act, Random Remarks | 0 comments

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. Later on in the afternoon session at the actual Summit, the Cybercrime Act popped up again in the open forum and this time at the hot seat was Secretary Ricky Carandang and Secretary Mon Jimenez. Unfortunately the answer Secretary Carandang gave was a bit vague but he did confess that he hasn’t read up much on the bill yet. The real highlight though was when cyberbully victim Chris Lao started to talk about the Cybercrime Act. He took up the cudgels for the bill and even lauded the higher penalties on online libel compared to other mediums like print and TV. Initially I was shocked that the poster boy for the Freedom of Information Bill (which at it’s core is about freedom) was supporting the Cybercrime Act. However I eventually understood that this guy was really speaking from the heart and what he was saying was really shaped by his experience as a victim. I probably would have been swayed to flip and support the bill but I’ve also heard testimonials from innocent people who were sued for libel and had to go through hell as well. Here’s the big lesson about the Cybercrime Act: there has to be balance. Cyber bulling has to be clearly defined as well so that it can be identified (maybe make it a specific offense different from online defamation). We need to protect both sides and hopefully we will see more amendements soon. Manolo is spot on that the debate truly is important but what’s even more critical is how we take part in...

Statement of Senator TG Guingona in Opposing Cybercrime Act

By on Sep 21, 2012 in Honoring, My Stuff, Random Remarks | 0 comments

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. EXPLANATION OF SEN. GUINGONA IN OPPOSING THE CYBERCRIME ACT I opposed the passage of the Cybercrime Act because when I stood up to question this law on constitutional grounds, I was concerned about prior restraint. First, some parts of the bill clearly attempts to legislate morality and penalize people if they breach our standards. I feel that as legislators, we have no right to dictate what people should or should not see. Unjustifiable prior restraint is an archaic policy that should not be in our statute books. Furthermore, the law that was finally approved has the following problematic provisions: Transplanting the Revised Penal Code definition of libel without specifying who is liable exposes the owner of online newspapers, blogs, sites to liability. This is problematic because in the case of online communities, people are encouraged to actually participate (make comments, re-tweet, repost on facebook). With this law, editors and owners of these sites will be forced to lock down their websites and prevent people from commenting. I believe that editors can regulate the works of their writers but if you gag the general public, surely the Constitutional right to freedom of expression is threatened. This Act is a prior restraint on the principle of the freedom of expression and freedom of speech. This law sets us back. We cannot legislate morality. The Spanish inquisition has long been disbanded. I do not know why we are reviving it today. -END- A news item already came out earlier today saying that Senator Guingona will be challenging the Cybercrime Act by bringing it to the Supreme Court or tackling it in the next Congress. In whatever way I can, I will volunteer and support TG on this...

3 Ways to Handle Haters

By on Aug 5, 2012 in Featured, Random Remarks, Success | 13 comments

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. 2. Focus on the work at hand. Keep shipping. Best defense is success. If you’re worried about them tearing down your reputation then let me share one piece of advice that one of my mentors once told me: the hardest thing to argue against is success. If that’s the case then instead of giving your haters the time of day, focus on your work and in delivering successful products or campaigns. If you’re just starting out, build on the little successes and let it feed your psyche so that you have the confidence, strength, and determination to follow through. Use your failures as a reminder so that you are more cautious and so that you don’t miss the important little details. 3. Spend more time with the people who really matter to you. The worst thing you can do is get affected by haters and bring that negativity home to the people that truly matter to your life. Don’t get affected. If ever you do, cast it out before you go home. Draw strength, inspiration, and joy from the love of your family and real friends. Most importantly, pray for grace. You will not be able to do this on your own. Don’t get affected. Don’t get infected. Don’t spread it. Focus. Ship. Love....

On FB related Crimes: Don’t just blame Facebook

By on Jun 21, 2011 in Random Remarks | 0 comments

We’ve seen a lot of criminal cases being reported on the news involving Facebook. The most recent one being a call center agent who was allegedly stabbed to death by her boyfriend whom she met on Facebook. There was also another report of a film director who was also stabbed multiple times by a friend he met on Facebook. In fact a report came out saying that 100,000 crimes were linked to Facebook in 2010. A lot of people are putting the blame on the social networking site. However it’s more than that. I believe that it has to do more with the values that are taught to the youth that leads to cases like this. I was listening to Paolo Bediones’ radio show a few days ago on 92.3 NewsFM and he interviewed a couple of students and asked them why do they think the youth go into Facebook, meet strangers, and end up going to eyeballs to physically see each other. What was the answer? The terms exploration, love, boredom, and flattery came up. They were “open” to the idea! On the other hand we have another group of kids who also guested on a different radio station and were interviewed. They had a totally different perspective. They said they wouldn’t dare meeting strangers online, even more in real life because they knew it was dangerous. They knew it wasn’t safe. They didn’t feel “secure”. One student said she was too lazy and she was okay to just stay at home. Then it hit me — “okay to just stay at home”. You can only do so much in protecting your kid’s account on Facebook. You can tinker with all of the security settings on your computer, buy a high-end router to configure which websites can be accessed on what times, and maybe even just ban them from Facebook. However if the kids don’t find that love, that feeling of security and fulfillment at home, they will look for it somewhere else. If not on Facebook they will go out and try to find it in school or some other place. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t look into online security, you definitely should! However it should only come second to fully loving your kids and spending a lot of time with them. Here’s something that I learned during the last service at Victory Greenhills that parents (and soon-to-be-parents) should take to heart: For children quality time is quantity time. Spend as much time as you can with kids especially while they’re young. Invest as much as you can in their character formation so that when they grow old they know what’s wrong and what’s right. Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. – Proverbs...

John Legend is Legendary

By on May 21, 2011 in Random Remarks | 0 comments

John Legend covers Adele’s Rolling In The Deep. He knocks it out of the ballpark with this one....

Reunited: Colin and Leng

By on May 20, 2011 in Random Remarks | 0 comments

These two guys used to work together with me at Level Up. They were a pretty solid tandem! Maybe sometime in the future we’ll all get to work together again....

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