After admitting “personal oversight” on his part for signing the controversial Cybercrime law, Senator Francis Escudero files today a bill that seeks to strike down the libel provisions of Republic Act 10175.
Escudero has said in earlier interviews that said libel provisions have been mistakenly inserted in the law and that he would seek to correct the mistake.
In the explanatory note of Senate Bill 3288, Escudero submits that “any form of libel is a form of abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, and of the press.”
He calls the crime of libel “antiquated” and “overarching” seen in the light of today’s modern technology.
While the bill, together with Senate Bill 2162 which he filed in July 2010, seeks to decriminalize libel, civil liability arising from libelous utterances is retained.