Celebrity stalkers and overeager press peeps, y'all might want to step back a li'l bit from now on, because former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has made it her life's mission to get you.
The Pampanga Representative, who is currently under hospital arrest over electoral sabotage charges, has championed a bill that deems filming or photographing of people's private lives for commercial purposes without the subject's knowledge illegal, Yahoo! Philippines reports.
Together with son Camarines Sur Rep. Diosdado "Dato" Arroyo, our former Chief Executive filed House Bill 1390 aiming to cease acts of invasion of a person's privacy, particularly taking pictures or filming their candid moments.
In filing the bill, the Arroyos noted that some persons have taken the act of trespassing to a whole new level by using available gadgets with "very intrusive modern visual or auditory enhancement devices," like powerful telephoto lenses and hyperbolic microphones that enable invasion of privacy.
"Due to these developments, harassment and trespassing threaten not only public persons and their families, but also private persons and their families whose personal tragedies or circumstances beyond their control create media interest," says CGMA.
Any act of intrusion that causes death shall be penalized with a fine of P50,000 and imprisonment of 12 years and one day to 20 years. Any intrusive act that results to serious injury meanwhile will be subject to a P20,000 fine and imprisonment of six to 12 years. Finally, those who will be caught doing a simpleng boso move will be penalized with a P1,000 fine and imprisonment of one day up to a full month.
The paparazzi has a history of endangering lives of certain celebrities, most notably the fatal car accident in Paris that took the lives of Princess Diana and boyfriend Dodi Fayed in 1997. It is also worth mentioning that GMA was once a "victim" of alleged wiretapping that led to the Hello Garci scandal in '05, which may have something to do with her decision to file this bill.
Either way, Madame Gloria, as much we love stalking Alodia and Jinri and the rest of them celebrity cover girls, we think you're doing the right thing. You go keep it up!
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