If you’re the sort that loves talking smack and generally trolling people online, you might want to listen up: a lawmaker has filed a bill that seeks to penalize and jail people that make a hobby of bashing people online.
Dubbed the Anti-Cyber Harassment Act of 2017 (HB 4795), the bill seeks to “establish a clear demonstration of the penalties ascribed in this new species of harassment to correspond in the severity of acts, which would also serve as a deterrent to would-be offenders”. The bill was introduced by Rep. Johnny Pimentel.
Punishable acts under the bill include threatening a person through text messaging or social media posts; placing a person in fear of imminent physical harm through text messaging or other social media posts; engaging in willfull, reckless or malevolent conduct that causes substantial emotional or psychological distress through electronic media, sharing through social media posts with indecent, obscene, lewd and abusive remarks with sexual contents harassing the victim; using fake accounts in the commission of the harassment.
If found guilty, a person is looking at imprisonment of no less than 5 years as well as a fine that will be at least Php 100,000.