Woman Faces Up to 12 Years in Prison For Spreading Rumors on Facebook

[Image Credit: President Duterte Trending News / Facebook]
[Image Credit: President Duterte Trending News / Facebook]

After the rise of fake news on the internet, especially in social media, it is not hard for people who want to spread malicious intentions to disseminate them on social media.

Warning to Everyone

This is a fair warning to everyone who enjoys spreading rumors on Facebook: a female vendor in Cebu was sent to jail due to the gossip she allegedly spread on Facebook messenger. According to the news from a concerned Facebook user, the said woman is currently facing charges of cyber libel and has to pay P10,000 for her bail bond.

The alleged suspect was caught in Bantayan, Cebu. She allegedly used the app to send deteriorating words to the victim.

The concerned social media user has a word of caution for people on the internet:

Cyber libel is a crime.

[Image Credit: President Duterte Trending News / Facebook]
[Image Credit: President Duterte Trending News / Facebook]

Cyber Libel in the Philippines

If you are not aware, cyber libel is now considered a crime in the country. Under Article 353 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines, libel is defined as a public and malicious imputation of a crime, vice or defect, real or imaginary or any act, omission, condition, status or circumstance tending to discredit or cause the dishonour or content of natural or judicial person or to blacken the memory of one who is dead.

There are four elements of libel:

  • Imputation of discreditable act or condition to another.
  • Publication of the imputation.
  • Identity of the person defamed.
  • Existence of malice.

Cyber libel is under Republic Act No. 10175 or better known as Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

[Image Credit: Bantayan Police Station / Facebook]
[Image Credit: Bantayan Police Station / Facebook]

Punishments for Suspects

Those who are proved to spread malicious or derogatory words to others or anything that falls under the Cyber Libel law can face up to 12 years of jail time.

Due to the arrest of the woman, many netizens got scared. Some also spread the news to other people to avoid spreading rumors and fake news.

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Are you are of the Cyber Libel law before? What can you say about this news?

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