You better think before you type from now on, son—the Republic Act 101751's, better known as the Anti-Cybercrime Law, provision on Online Libel has been declared legal by the Supreme Court, and it is set to take effect immediately!
According to the Philippine Star, libel offenders may be imprisoned for a minimum period of six years and a maximum period of 12 years. They could also be fined from P200 to P600 under the Revised Penal Code. To those who want to know what the Anti-Cybercrime Law is all about, click here.
So does this mean that netizens can't talk smack anymore about public figures? The answer, sirs and madams, is YES! But if this is the price we have to pay to put an end to cyberbullying and government stupidity, then maybe it's not such a bad idea after all. We're all going to have to get used to the cold feel of rehas, though.
For good measure, here's a sample of the mean things netizens must refrain from blurting out from this point forward. Our advice for those who think they can't handle jail time: Let it go, bro. Let it go.