By Erwin Oliva
MANILA, Philippines -- Information and Internet security experts from
the private sector and some government representatives are making
another push for the revival of a cybercrime law in the country,
according to a director of a local group advocating a more secure
Internet in the country.
Among the groups supporting the cybercrime bill are the Philippine
Certified Information Systems Security Professionals of the Philippines
(PH-CISSP), the Information Systems Audit and Control Association
(ISACA), the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA), the
Philippine Computer Society (PCS) and the Information Systems Security
Society of the Philippines (ISSSP), said Albert dela Cruz, director of
the Philippine Computer Emergency Response Team (PH-CERT) and currently
platform strategy manager at Microsoft Philippines, in an interview.
>From the government side, the Department of Justice (DoJ), the
Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), the
National Computer Center (NCC), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and
the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) are extending their support.
"As you know we've been at it for more than seven years or even longer.
I've lost count. We never made it past plenary of the House of
Representatives. Now, with the DOJ and renewed support from the CICT, we
hope that they make this a priority measure," he added.
Dela Cruz said that a two-day workshop will be conducted this week to
gather all inputs from different stakeholders before the bill is
endorsed to Congress. Lawmakers were also invited to attend the event,
including Catanduanes Representative Joseph Santiago, chairman of the
House committee on information and communications technology.
The workshop is organized by the DOJ, the CICT and the Council of
Europe, in cooperation with Microsoft Philippines, the Microsoft
For years, various sectors have been lobbying for a cybercrime law in
the country. Dela Cruz said the cybercrime bill aims strengthen and
align the country's laws on cyber security and protection, while also
creating international cooperation among other countries considering
that cybercrime is a global phenomenon.
The proposed cybercrime law adopts the same principles stated in an
international guideline discussed during the Budapest Convention on the
Council of Europe in 2001, he said.
The Budapest guideline offers a strategy for the development of a
national legislation and a framework for international cooperation
"We want to be part of the Europen Union Cybercrime Treaty. To
effectively combat cybercrime across borders and jurisdiction a common
law (similar laws individually) or a treaty needs to be in place. And to
be able to sign the treaty, we have to pass a bill that is in consonance
with the prescription of the treaty," Dela Cruz added.
Representatives of the Council of Europe are expected to join the
workshop in Manila, he added.
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