• Candidates can sue for online libel

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    POLITICIANS or candidates for the upcoming May 9 national and local elections can file charges if their photos or videos posted online were maligned by netizens, according to the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG).

    “They can file charges of online libel with us and we have investigators ready to attend to their complaints,” PNP-ACG spokesman, Supt. Jay Guillermo, said in a press briefing on Friday.

    PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said the online user or owner of the account subject to a complaint can be held liable for online libel.

    With the official campaign period set to begin next month, some candidates have already started their campaign pitch on the Internet.

    But some of photos of candidates posted online have been maligned and Guillermo said these could be considered libelous in nature.

    “They [candidates or politicians]can come to us to file a complaint and we are ready to investigate them,” Guillermo said.

    “So far we have not yet received any complaints, but in case there are, the PNP-ACG is ready to entertain them and investigate their complaints. As for the user of social media, they should be very careful in posting or choose the proper words,” he added.

     ANTHONY VARGAS

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