HOUSE BILL 4807: END OF STREET PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE PHILIPPINES?

30 thoughts on “HOUSE BILL 4807: END OF STREET PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE PHILIPPINES?”

  1. The “loophole” here may be the “intent” language. if you do not “intend” to sell the photos, then it seems to me you are OK. But as we all know, “intent” is hard to establish. Seems to me “intent” burden is the problem of the prosecutor under “innocent until proven guilty.” They have to show intent, such as a record of selling photos. If they cannot show that, then where is “intent.”

  2. As always, Philippine lawmakers are like people obsessed with rearranging deckchairs by colour, while the ship they’re on is sinking. Who introduced the bill? There’s almost always a personal, selfish, self-protective reason behind these bills…I no longer believe that Pinoy lawmakers actually author anything with the good of the people in mind. there has to be personal gain, or they wouldn’t think of it.
    Intent is, indeed, the key upon which everything pivots. Also, laws are easy to pass within the cosseted halls of the House, but who will enforce these thousands of idiotic laws? Not the authors of the bill. Our government is made of paper. Doesn’t actually have any backbone. It is a fad; good intentions that we Pinoys never stick to for very long…people will forget soon enough, as they do everything else. Bide your time. No need to battle it out, more words and paper (only calls attention to yourself). Just wait for the cracks in the system to appear…and then carry on as always.

    1. The bill was penned by Congressman Rufus Rodriguez and his brother. I’m thinking the same thing too, somebody close to these politicians must have been victimize by a photographer. There are responsible photogs as there are rogue ones. When the state can’t flush out the good from the bad ones, it carpet-bombs the whole community. Burn the house to kill the rat policy.

  3. Reblogged this on MavShack and commented:
    If this Anti-Selfie Bill is going to pass, the essence of photojournalism is being curtailed and the art of photography is ruined. Hey, baboons of the Congress, think of a MORE SENSIBLE bill to be passed and could help in alleviating the problems in our country. Or these baboons are dumb enough to think of a bill to be implemented? Please do mind what this country needs, don’t imply laws just to impress our fellowmen or just for the sake that you did something during your term. Shallow minded law-makers.

      1. Exactly. When I read the article about this Anti-Selfie Bill, I can’t believe that this bill is now on its 3rd reading. Like, what the hell. Our country is facing tons of serious problems, then they’re about to implement this nonsense bill.

    1. Ang magkapatid na Cong. Rufus at Maximo Rodriguez and co-authored by Reps. Gwendolyn F. Garcia (3rd District, Cebu) Linabelle Ruth R. Villarica (4th District, Bulacan), Jose L. Atienza, Jr. (Party List, BUHAY) Leopoldo N. Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan).

  4. If I read it correctly, it’s no different to what we have here in Australia. So long as you are on a public place and are not aiming the camera directly at a specific person, you are not breaking the law. It’s only if you are inside a private place i.e. shopping centres, government buildings, or anywhere a normal member of the public cannot easily go to that you need permission.

    I’ve taken many photos wherein members of the public happen to be in it and no one has complained (of course I try and take them as soon as a person leaves my camera’s field of view as I’m after pure landscape shots).

    1. The core is, people should know how to respect each and everyone’s right to be left alone. Whether in the streets or in private places. As a street tog I always make sure I don’t inconvenience anybody. When you’re ‘invisible’ you dont disturb anybody I guess. And i don’t post images of people that would put them in bad light.

  5. they wanted this bill to be passed, so that incidents like the recent EDSA kidnapping cannot be documented and criminals (and
    cops) can get away with it.

    their “concern” over privacy is clearly just an alibi.

    these lawmakers who support the bill doesn’t want their asses photographed so they can do whatever they want.

  6. Here the USA, when bills are introduced into congress that are not popular, the people would lobby their representative to vote against it. There are so many ways to lobby, talk to your rep directly, send them letters or emails, a signature petition or online petition. An article about it would only inform the public. Once informed, they need to know how to act. These methods should be directed to representatives of congress and senate. When it’s time to Vote, they will remember that a lot of people oppose the bill and they would vote against it.

    Simple, let the other congressmen or congresswomen know the fact that the people are against the bill. Hopefully, they will heed the voice of the people. HOPEFULLY!

    But of course, they would not know unless they are informed.

      1. You know, his could advice could actually work theoretically in the Philippines. The problem is, most people in the Philippines DO NOT ACT. They see the problem, they rant, and that’s it. Sure there are some that do take some form of action but it’s not enough. The bill’s passed and everyone’s suddenly affected and bitter and the voting is here, the officials bribe them with money and empty promises then all of a sudden everything’s forgotten.

        This is honestly why and how we’re being taken advantage of by the government.

  7. Didn’t they realize that taking photos and videos somehow helps the authority find the suspect of a crime? Now people wouldn’t dare take photos/videos of an incident because it might get them in trouble. Why do we vote these lawmakers!

  8. hay, over na talaga ang law ng pinas!!! kahit photography pinapatulan na…. samantalang di naman nila naayos ang problema sa kanilang mismong tanggapan…. WTF………….. Photographers must unite as one, para mawala ang bisa ng 4807 na yan….

  9. meron padin puba neto ngayon ?
    Nag take kasi ako photo sa mall then sinita ako ng guard sabi ko diko naman pag kakakitaan fashion kulang to sabi sakin delete kudaw photo need kudaw permit sabi ko naman nasa public place daw sabi nya private daw tapos ng aalis nako hinawakan ako sa kamay , ng ayaw kupadin sabi ko hinaharas moko kuya tapos hinawakan ako sa braso sabay sabi ko harassment yan kuya tapos hinawakan ako sa Belt sa likod may dapat bakong gawin ?

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