Lawmaker wants 6- to 12-year prison term, P30,000 fine for cyberbullies

Netizens will have to think twice before bullying others online.

Leila Salaverria of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that Leyte Rep. Sergio Apostol has filed a bill "imposing a 6- to 12-year prison term and fines" on individuals found guilty of bullying others on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as via e-mails.


The report quoted Apostol as saying in the explanatory note to the bill that a law is needed to punish cyberbullies since the act "may cause mental and psychological anguish to their innocent victims." The proposed legislation defines cyber bullying as "the use of social media to harm or harass other people in a deliberate, repeated and hostile manner."


Aside from landing in prison, individuals who are found guilty of cyber-bullying parties will also have to pay a fine of P30,000 to P50,000.


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