Day: October 2, 2012

October 2 was marked by various groups as “Blackout Tuesday” and “Day of Protest by Netizens and Citizens” to protest against the new law, which, they said, is a serious threat against civil liberties including the freedom of expression and the right to privacy.

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“It’s not simply red tagging; the important aspect of it is it violates the freedom of expression, right to peaceful assembly and right to self determination among others. Such violation of these rights gives an impression that to resist or to dissent against tyranny, fight for genuine reform and to clamor for justice are wrong,” – Beverly Longid, Katribu Party-list.

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