[Mirror] Liwanag, Leandro

Summer 2012


Standoff

Social Media is already a part of a person’s life, it can also be a tool against another individual. There must be a line to separate what is public and what is personal in the activation of these sites. Some persons do not draw the line and consider a social media site the basis for a person’s character. Majority of searches on the internet involved are on a candidate’s profile which is immediately after an employer receive the application. Therefore, the employers gauge of a candidate’s personality is through facebook and twitter. Some employees may react on different issues that concerned the firm. An employer may react in a different manner as to what was said by the employee. The employer and employee may clash on somewhat a matter of a protection in the image of the firm while on the other side the social media site of the employee is private and must not be the basis for the termination of the employee. Some employees rely on social media to connect to another person. Judgement of a person’s character and personality should not be based on the internet and social media sites.

However Social Media has benefits. Social media can be a way to connect to another person. An employer can connect to an employee this way.

But in the case of a government employee as whether a law, morality and religion as the basis for the improvement of the government. I stand by morality and religion. The moral value of a government employee is different from another government employee. Law is the core of a government office. The law bind the system in government. However some of the government employees twist the law. This is why morality and religion must be in a government employee. Ignorant to morals and religion would be a robot and parrot in a government office.


Social Media

The two-week standoff between the Philippines and China in the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal located in the West Philippine Sea has spilled over into the cyberspace. The website of the University of the Philippines has been defaced Friday morning by suspected pro-China hackers. UP is the national university of this Southeast Asian country.

Hackers uploaded a map of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and its nearby countries in the landing page of the UP website.

Danilo Arao, the University’s Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs, denounced the attack, describing it as “an attempt to deprive the UP community of vital information, particularly the schedule of commencement exercises in nine UP campuses and the April 2012 issue of the UP Newsletter which was uploaded last April 17.

Based from the facts, the Chinese hackers are liable for their attack against Philippine websites. These actions are cyber crimes against the Philippine government. They are liable under Republic Act 8792 under hacking and cracking, refers to the unauthorized access of computer viruses with imprisonment under section 33. These Chinese citizens committed the crime under Philippine jurisdiction thus are liable under Republic Act 8792. The Filipino hackers did not attack the silent websites of the Chinese government. The Chinese government added insult to injury against the country.

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