Day 2 on our No Rice diet. Dinner last night was cooked by The Boy: Spicy Chili Garlic Adobo (with chinese chili garlic sauce, long peppers, and sukang tuba). Delicious super soft meat, of course. I gotta step my cooking game up, damn. Well, tonight’s my turn!
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Relevant Links Pertaining to the Cybercrime Prevention Law

Compiled some links regarding the Cyber Crime Law while I did my own research on the subject. Might be helpful for people who want the information all in one place. Links to sources provided.

Read Republic Act No. 10175, also known as the Cyber Crime Prevention Law:

Black Tuesday: The event that encouraged protesters to rally outside Supreme Court while the bill was supposed to be deliberated, and asked facebook supporters and websites to black out their profiles:

NO TRO FROM SC: Efforts to delay the law becoming real failed as the Supreme Court issued no Temporary Restraining Order.

Despite the seven different and separate complaints against it, the implementation of the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 will still push through as scheduled.
This was after the Supreme Court on Tuesday decided not to take a vote on whether to grant several petitioners request to issue a temporary restraining order against Republic Act 10175 because a number of justices skipped the regular weekly en banc session.
“The SC did not issue a TRO in the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 petitions which are up for further study,” said SC spokesperspn Ma. Victoria Gleoresty Guerra in a statement sent to media in the afternoon.

The en banc decided to take up the matter in next week’s full court session instead.

LIBEL CLAUSE: New Law has a generic but potentially stifling libel clause

10 Terrifying Things About the Cybercrime Prevention Law

1. It only wants to hear nice things. "Your tweet about the barangay captain who loves San Miguel more than his job? That could be classified as libel
2. It champions the dead by asking the living to shut up."You would also be committing a crime if you "blacken the memory of one who is dead." So, what happens if the person who died was a criminal who molested kids, backed a law that resulted in thousands of people being tortured, or killed journalists
3. It’s so “special” that it hurts. "So, even if you’re kidding around by using somebody’s name as a verb or noun to signify not-too-admirable acts (Noynoying, Sottomy, etc), you could get arrested.
4. It’s a time traveler. "So, that scathing post about your ex that you put up way back in 2004? You could end up going to jail for that."
5. It’s outdated."The Philippines’ libel law, enacted during the American colonial period and intended mainly to stifle dissent, continues to consider the offense a criminal act. Media organizations contend the law on libel has most often been used by people in power to harass journalists and muzzle critical reportage."
6. It won’t like you liking what it doesn’t like."Those who play a part in unwittingly or willfully encouraging the spread of libelous content shall be charged for abetting libel. That means the act of clicking the "Like" button of Facebook or retweeting posts on Twitter may be tagged as unlawful as well.
7. It’s prudish.The willful engagement, maintenance, control, or operation, directly or indirectly, of any lascivious exhibition of sexual organs or sexual activity, with the aid of a computer system, for favor or consideration.” However, what if cybersex is done by two consenting adults? If a woman sends a picture of herself eating ice cream in a suggestive manner to her boyfriend, will she be sent to jail if someone rats her out?
8. It shits on wit. “You don’t have to directly call someone a liar and a thief to get sued for libel. It’s enough to suggest it or state it sarcastically—as long as you do so in a public manner like posting on the Internet.”
9. It won’t play fair."No court intervention is needed, the DOJ can go right ahead and compel you to stop publishing your posts.
10. It’s got killer penalties. (read entire article and what those 10 things mean here)

"Senator Tito Sotto proudly owned up to the fact that he was responsible for inserting the libel clause into the law. Senator Chiz Escudero called the insertion a "mistake" and has said that he’ll move to have the law repealed. Meanwhile, Senator TG Guingona (along with the other senators who didn’t back the law) continues to be against the law. For its part, Malacañang said President Noynoy Aquino thoroughly reviewed the law before he affixed his signature to it—a fact which strikes some people as strange.

For the record, the following senators voted to pass the law:

  1. Sen. Tito Sotto
  2. Sen. Bong Revilla
  3. Sen. Manny Villar
  4. Sen. Lito Lapid
  5. Sen. Koko Pimentel
  6. Sen. Jinggoy Estrada
  7. Sen. Loren Legarda
  8. Sen. Chiz Escudero
  9. Sen. Ping Lacson
  10. Sen. Gringo Honasan
  11. Sen. Pia Cayetano
  12. Sen. Bongbong Marcos
  13. Sen. Ralph Recto

NEW SITES TO PRESSURE LAWMAKERS: Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance and The New Media came out with another site: Internet Freedom (

Digital marketing professional and blogger Carlo Ople said in an online interview, “We want to pressure Senators to amend/repeal the Cybercrime Law.”
The site is an interactive portal of senators for and against the Cybercrime Law. The webpage shows photos of Senators who voted for the Cybercrime Act to be passed. It also shows who among them publicly announced their support for the campaigns to amend or repeal the law.
Ople, also editor-in-chief of The New Media, said that they will update the site once a senator said that he or she would support the campaign. As of posting, Senators TG Guingona, Francis Escudero and Pia Cayetano have already expressed their support toward these actions.
Each photo of the senators is linked either to the Facebook or Twitter account of the official, “(S)o people can tweet or message them on Facebook so that they can rethink their positions,” said Ople.
Internet Backlash:
'Anonymous Philippines' on a hacking spree
Anonymous Philippines’ message to Cybercrime Law Supporters:

Hello Philippines, we are anonymous.
The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 poses serious threats to Internet freedom, the right to privacy and other essential civil liberties including the freedom of speech, expression, and the press.
As you can see, the worst thing you can do about the country is being blind to its own diseases. Are you trying to console yourself in thinking that we a good government with no flaws? No.
For too long corporations and the government believe they have the right over people, as though we were pieces of property and information to be handled for profit.
The government dont know anything about the internet. Did they really think they can control the internet with just this? Discipline the internet? Really? Did they think everyone in the internet are within their jurisdiction? Not everyone in the internet is a Filipino citizen that they can “punish”. The internet is way bigger than what they believe it is.
People from around the world will just look down on us Filipinos because of this sort of ignorance. I am so embarrassed to be under this government right now.
You want to see Anonymous rise up?
Try to shut down the message.
Try to squash the message.
Try to chill our speech.
Then you will see what Anonymous can do.
If speaking up against idiocy in government and unconstitutional amendments is a crime, then we are proud to be a cyber criminal.
We are anonymous.
We are legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Expect Us.
Plagiarists could shoot themselves in the foot:

De Lima stressed plagiarism also becomes a criminal act when “committed in the form of online piracy by using the Internet or other telecommunications networks and the same act constitutes copyright infringement.”

She said these provisions in the two special penal laws are covered in the new cybercrime law.

De Lima, however, clarified they do not apply to copying of news items or any work of the government.

Apart from identifying the laws that may apply in plagiarism acts, she also gave guidelines on how to avoid criminal prosecution for plagiarism.

De Lima said the public should just avoid copying the works of others, cultivate the habit of attribution, always be vigilant in detecting cases of plagiarism and encourage institutions to adopt anti-plagiarism measures.

The advisory, De Lima added, is part of the DOJ’s “thrust to take a proactive stance and a dynamic approach in criminal justice concerns.”

De Lima issued the legal opinion over a month after Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III was accused of plagiarizing a blog entry in his speech against the Reproductive Health bill.

Sotto had already admitted he was one of the two lawmakers who inserted the libel clause in RA 10175.

While she did not directly point to Sotto, De Lima has, however, criticized certain provisions in cybercrime law that impose higher penalty for libel and give the DOJ authority to order searches and seizures similar to that of a judge.

Offenses Punishable Under New Cyber Crime Law:

Offenses punishable under Cybercrime Prevention Act are:

Offenses against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and systems :
Illegal access to the whole or any part of a computer system without right
llegal interception of any non-public transmission of computer data to, from, within a computer system
Data interference such as alteration, damaging, deletion or deterioration of data without right, including the introduction or transmission of viruses
System (computer or computer network) interference
Cyber-squatting or the acquisition of a domain name over the internet in bad faith to profit, mislead, destroy reputation, and deprive others from registering the same
Misuse of devices

Computer-related offenses :
Computer-related forgery (input, alteration, or deletion of data) without right resulting in inauthentic data with the intent that it be considered or acted upon for legal purposes as if it were authentic
Computer-related fraud (input, alteration, or deletion of data or interference in the functioning of a computer system) causing damage
Computer-related Identity theft or the acquisition, use, misuse, transfer, possession, alteration or deletion of the identifying information of another person

Content-related offenses :
Cybersex or the engagement, maintenance, control, or operation of any lascivious exhibition of sexual organs or sexual activity, with the aid of a computer system
Child pornography or the unlawful acts as defined and punishable by Republic Act No. 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009, committed through a computer system
Unsolicited commercial communications which seek to advertise, sell, or offer for sale products and services
Libel or unlawful acts as defined in Article 355 of the Revised Penal Code

Others :
Aiding or abetting in the commission of cybercrime
Attempt in the commission of the cybercrime

Added/Updated Oct 3: International Criticism from Forbes

The Philippines Passes a Cybercrime Prevention Act that Makes SOPA Look Reasonable

The dark days of SOPA and PIPA are behind the US, at least temporarily as copyright tycoons reground and restrategize, attempting to come up with measures that don’t cause the entire internet to shut down in protest.

But one country has already moved ahead with similar legislation. The government of the Philippines has passed the Cybercrime Prevention Act, which on the surface, as usual, sounds perfectly well-intentioned. But when you read the actual contents of what’s been deemed “cybercrime,” SOPA’s proposed censorship sounds downright lax by comparison.

Hiphouse is back with an awesome new event catering to local filmmakers and patriotic movie buffs. Here’s the text on our invite!

After weeks of steady, chillout parties, we are bringing back the artsy vibe with BINISAYA SHORTS! 3 hours of 100% Davaoeno and Cebuano filmmaking artistry will be shown at the venue. Enjoy a cozy, ambient room: Short movies/films will beprojected on the wall and guests can enjoy refreshments and bring a pillow as they stretch out on the floor on woven mats.
 (very minor door charge of P50 for rent!) Relax, hang out and appreciate the amazing talents of our local filmmakers from the 082 & 032 on August 17! After all the films are shown, we’ll keep playing images on the wall! We invite Davao filmmakers to attend, bring your best video clips on a thumbdrive and we’ll play them! You all know that Hiphouse is known for providing an intimate, relaxing environment, the best kind of atmosphere for movie marathons! event page: Click the link above to RSVP to the event, and for details! See you, movie buffs!!!!

I’m really stoked for this since my friends will be showing their work. <3
If you’re in Davao and you’re looking for something different on Kadayawan, drop by hiphouse, we love watching movies and chilling out!
MUSIC DIARY: We’re Featured on!

Is there a better way to wake up in the morning than to see a feature on your music by supportive groups like and RiceRadio? It makes me feel giddy seeing my name up on that magazine with some pretty big acts.

To the people running, you sirs, are true gents. Thanks for making my whole week.

[My band’s website.] [facebook.]

Photo Diary: Regala

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Our music is featured in Daily Grind Clothing’s website.  Check out this interview here!Thank you so much, Team Manila Lifestyle and Daily Grind Clothing, for supporting us! :)
Anonymous → Your clothes, especially the graphic tees and long tops, look awesome! Where do you buy them?

Hi! I actually get my shirts from a whole lot of places, including thrift shops and the mall department store. But for really one-of-a-kind shirts that you can’t find on the racks, I do go to some special “secret” shops that have amazing Threadless-esque designs done locally. I never realized I had some fellow graphic tee enthusiasts here! :) Here are some examples:

I’m deciding whether or not to do a blog post about these shops, so please let me know if you guys would be interested in something like that - a post on the online shops I buy my clothes from. :)

Make Mother’s Day Special With Print Miss

I recently got a beautiful package in the post:

PRINTMISS is your friendly little paper goods store. They make personalized stationery, note cards, invitations, gift tags, labels and more.

They are also proudly Philippine-based. But as you can see, these cards look like something straight out of Etsy.

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Team Manila Opening: Davao Branch | SM Annex, Ecoland

Team Manila opens their first store outside Luzon in Davao City. Inside the store are one of a kind, witty merchandise infused with that tongue-in-cheek humor and pinoy flavor that Team Manila has become famous for. Check out their display of amazing film cameras, lomo cameras, and other photography accessories as well!


Co-owners Jowee Alviar and Mon Punzalan along with the Team Manila Crew were there to usher in their creative work into Davao consciousness. Despite their success, these creative powerhouses are down-to-earth, funny, full of energy, and supportive of the art movement. They even participated in the last Hiphouse event, which definitely inspired a lot of young artists looking to do art professionally. You can definitely see why their joint endeavor has over 63,000 subscribers on Facebook alone, and growing!


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A teaser for Jad Montenegro Music's newest music video. The full video will be shown at the EP launching this April. The full version was also previewed at  Hiphouse's first event, which was a massive success. The genius of this music video can of course only be credited to Bagane Billena Fiola. He never ceases to amaze!

ANO by Jad Montenegro (teaser)


direction & videography



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If you’re a Pinoy Komiks fan, there’s no way you don’t know Gerry Alanguilan, best known for his work on Eisner-nominated ELMER, Timawa, Where Bold Stars Go to Die, as well as his Marvel and DC Comics work as the inker of Leinil Yu… and his YOUTUBE SMILE.
A sample page from Superior, Pencilled by Leinil Yu, Inked by Gerry Alanguilan, and written by Mark Millar.The Boy (John in the show) and Migs interview Gerry for their 100th Tres Komikeros podcast. Click the pic to listen to the interview!


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photographer ANGEL GO

director/videographer/editor BAGANE FIOLA

Reblogging the video that I worked on last week - I did the music, Bagsy did the direction, video, etc. Participants are listed above. Awesome sauce!

The short video I did the musical scoring for is done and it is awesome.
photographer ANGEL GO
director/videographer/editor BAGANE FIOLA
Drawn by The Boy, written by Me.
Episode 4 part 1 in a continuing series.
More FTLO here: For The Love Of…
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