Millions of social media users in the Philippines shall have every reason to celebrate with the sudden death of an anti-selfie bill or otherwise known as An Act to Provide Protection From Personal Intrusion for Commercial Purposes. This interesting development came after the brilliant lawmaker who had authored and filed the proposed law had announced that was backing out prior to the full implementation of this very controversial law is concerned. Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez has said that his decision to withdraw his much needed support for the anti-selfie bill was prompted by the inevitable fact that it would significantly curtail the Filipinos’ freedom of expression to a large extent. Furthermore, he revealed that it will not definitely become one of the most unforgettable statuette in the Philippines because it will no longer be deliberated upon for its third and final reading in the House of Representatives and the Senate as well.

Representative Rufus Rodriguez withdraws his support for the Anti-Selfie Bill.

Representative Rufus Rodriguez withdraws his support for the Anti-Selfie Bill.

In a detailed letter of Congressman Rodriguez, he is earnestly requesting that the proposed law shall be recommitted to the House Committee on Public Information. Thus, he said that this particular bill of his has constantly been misconstrued. Also, Rodriguez said that

The NUJP told me that the bill may somehow affect the freedom of the press. So I thought it best to discuss the issue first and finally it is now back to square one.

The anti-selfie bill was filed last year, and it’s been known as House Bill 3548. Based on the original draft of an anti-selfie bill, it states that would be unlawful to capture, or to trespass on private property in order to capture, any type of visual image, sound recording, or other physical impression of any individual, personal or family activity for commercial purposes and even if no physical trespass has occurred.

An anti-selfie bill in the Philippines, has truly died a natural death. Therefore, the Filipinos have to be more responsible in taking pictures because everyone is entitled to his or her own privacy at all times.

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