The utmost thing that the government should do as a step toward handling this case is to pass all those bills which have been proposed by the senators to be enacted into laws to combat the so called “Cyber” crimes. I have read that there are a number of them. One of them, I have read, filed by a certain senator on 4th July 2007, is the ‘Anti-Video Voyeurism Act”
Now, if this bills was in place today, the law makers and the victims will not have a problem deciding whether a crime has been committed and if so, on what grounds it should be filed.
What I see happening now is how everybody is floundering around trying to pin down what kinds of crimes have been committed. I have read that this kind of thing has happened before…to commoners, if you will excuse my expression. But these are very high profile personalities and everybody is so emotional. I am not sure whether it is really from sincere concern for the victim or if it is a chance to ride on the publicity, but whatever the case, let this serve as a wake up call for the government to join the bandwagon of change and enact laws to deal with crimes related to the World Wide Web or the Internet.
This brings back to mind the “I Love You Virus” about five years ago. Do you recall that the hacker was from a computer school here in Manila and that the government had no laws to deal with him??? Well, this case is unquestionably a wake up call for all of us.
Eh, we are getting away from the issue. Now, carping our emotions and our righteousness, I ask: has any crime been committed and if so, what is the crime? Since when a crime is committed, it about breaking the law, and since there is no law to deal with this kind of issue at this time, may we safely categorize whatever has happened as a violation of Ethics and The Code of Conduct?
I believe the victim is on the right track by filing a complaint of “Immoral, Dishonorable and Unethical Conduct” with the PRC. With that, the Philippine Medical Association can also make their decisions as befitting their policies.
Please lets allow the professionals to do their jobs without giving unsolicited advice.
A certain senator suggested that the victim could also file charges of “Psychological Violence” which refers to acts or omissions causing or likely to cause the mental or emotional suffering of the victim and so on. This is under the “Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act”. It is obvious that the victim is suffering mentally and emotionally. So there is a probable chance that this charge might and I say might, not will, stick.
But as always, when the clamor dies down, and it will, our leaders might forget about this without putting in place the necessary laws to shield the next victim. And there will definitely be another one. Welcome to the Cyber age!
Yahoo Messanger Insider and The Philippine Star