Author: Mary Grace Costa

PHILIPPINES: Hackers Tip Black Hat to Aquino

MARY GRACE COSTA WRITES – Political disputes used to be settled with swords and guns, but in the Information Age, the cyber world is the new battlefield of choice. A hacker group known as Global Security seized control of the website of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) on June 12, coinciding with the island nation’s 117th Independence Day. As Filipinos celebrated their independence, some also chose to celebrate free expression, albeit pushing the limit. The NHCP is a sect of the Philippine government whose mission is “the promotion of Philippine history and cultural heritage.” Their website...

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SOUTH KOREA: There’s a New (Smart) Sheriff in Town

MARY GRACE COSTA WRITES – Big Brother might not be watching, but that isn’t stopping the South Korean government from making sure that Mom and Dad are. A new Android app called Smart Sheriff allows parents to monitor their children’s smartphones. The app lets parents know how long their son or daughter uses his or her phone, which apps they use, which websites they visit, and sends alerts when their child searches alarming terms such as “suicide,” “pregnancy,” or “bullying.” It also sends parents information about the smartphone user’s location, allowing parents to know exactly where their child is...

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PHILIPPINES: Just Another Statistic

MARY GRACE COSTA WRITES – Melinda “Mei” Magsino-Lubis, 40, a former correspondent to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, was shot and killed in broad daylight in front of her home in Batangas Monday, April 13. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) of the Philippines reports that the murderer shot Magsino-Lubis in the head with a caliber 45 pistol before making his escape with an accomplice on a motorcycle. Magsino-Lubis’ murder has many media workers in the Philippines and around the world crying foul play, believing that the crime is directly linked to the writer’s controversial career. Although she no longer wrote for...

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PHILIPPINES: Justice for Journalists?

MARY GRACE COSTA WRITES– Is killing journalists an act of war? Associated Press president Gary Pruitt believes it is. Last week at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents Club, Pruitt suggested changes to international laws that would make killing journalists or taking them hostage a war crime, punishable under the 1948 Geneva Convention of Human Rights. The Office of the Philippine President, however, is a little iffy on this proposal. On Easter Sunday in the Philippines, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. went on a state-run radio station and stressed the importance of free speech. He also told listeners that the...

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PHILIPPINES: Isn’t It All the Same Love?

MARY GRACE COSTA WRITES – A defaced billboard featuring a same-sex couple in the Philippines has the LGBTQ community in an uproar. Meanwhile, online supporters rush to save the ad with a hashtag and a bit of creativity. Filipino retail giant Bench released a new ad campaign entitled “Love All Kinds of Love” on February 11, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The campaign featured different kinds of romantic relationships, including that of real-life gay couple Vince Uy and Niño Gaddi. The couple was photographed with their hands clasped together. Two days later, however, on Epifanio de los Santos...

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