NTC has no power to block news websites based on ‘mere allegations,’ says IBP

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has ordered internet service providers to block several websites, including those of independent media, “found to be affiliated to and are supporting terrorist and terrorist organizations.”

MANILA, Philippines — The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Saturday said the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has no power to restrict access to news websites based on “mere allegations.”

This, after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba ordered internet service providers (ISPs) in the country to block the website of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), and other supposed communist-linked websites on the request of National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon.

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The NTC ordered ISPs to block access to 27 websites “affiliated to and are supporting” CPP-NPA-NDF, which the Philippine government designated as terrorist organizations. Among these websites are two that belong to online news organizations.

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