The principal author of House Bill 4807 or Protection Against Personal Intrusion, has recommitted his bill to the Committee on Public Information today. In his letter to the Committee on Rules of the House of Representative, Cong. Rodriguez stated and I quote — “This bill, due to malicious and uninformed statements of some members of the House of Representatives has been mistakenly dubbed as the “Anti-Selfie Bill” and has been met with strong opposition particularly by the media. Further, it came to my attention that certain affected stakeholders, including the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) and the Photojournalists Center of the Philippines (PCP), Inc., were not invited to the Committee Hearings on said bill.”
Clearly, this is not a well-thought-of bill. I wonder how many craps made it into our laws.
The congressman requested a further hearing on the bill and ask that all stakeholders involved be heard to ensure constitutionally protected rights are covered.
They should have thought about it from the start. I wonder how they yakked this bill through the plenaries. In any case, this should be considered as a win for journalists, photographers and freedom-of-expression loving citizens.
But this is only the first round.