Recently, my cousin CJ Magpayo left me a message through Messenger that she read from a newspaper back in the Philippines that there’s an issue back there that, bloggers will be asked to register for a license to blog. So, I researched about the article and found the exact article she read online and found this…
“If the plan of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) gets approved and implemented, then all bloggers in the Philippines will need to register for a license.
This, of course, is not limited to bloggers but to anybody who creates content and publishes it online.”
–Rom Feria, Manila Bulletin, Jan. 26, 2009 (“Do You Have a License to Blog?)
What was that? I also read that every blogger will be asked to pay Php 6,300 (roughly $150 USD) per year. What is wrong with them? Do they know that the servers are in US and some UK? Therefore, they will be under this law, if ever.
License to Blog: Where is Democracy?
What is this all about? just because of the Bambee Dela Paz Vs Pangandaman’s case? Where is the freedom of speech then? Why everything is a big deal when the simple answer for everything is just ignore it if it’s not true. Plus, the economy of the country started booming when the call center industry begun, and guess what? they are all online based companies. Well, most of the business now are online based.
This will just kill the economy if they don’t realize that one action after another affects each other. Php 6,300 a year? It’s more expensive than paying an annual payment for a Paid Hosting Company to start a blog! WT?!!! Trying to scream how naive they are in the Internet World. I hope NTC will study what are they trying to implement, do they really know?
This is not just happen in the Philippines, it happens to other countries as well before us like Malaysia, UK(even them, who got their own servers), US, etc…but what? Nothing happens… UK and US got the servers but still nothing happens, because they understand how it works. Internet is another dimension, its complicated but powerful. Only there, the truth comes out, that’s all I can say.