DICT bill good as dead

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[/caption] This is prevailing belief among local ICT insiders in the government and the private sector, who noted that top members of the Cabinet ? particularly those belonging to the departments that will be affected by the creation of the DICT ? have banded together to block the legislative measure. The DICT bill, along with the proposed Data Privacy Act and the Cybercrime Law, has been approved on third and final reading by the Senate and the House of Representatives. Industry observers have noted that while things appear to be moving for both the Data Privacy and Cybercrime bills, the same cannot be said on the DICT bill. In fact, a bicameral conference was supposed to be held right after the bill?s passage to reconcile the versions approved by the Senate and the House. The bicam meeting was said to have been scuttled at the last minute at the behest of Malacanang. ICT insiders also pointed out that even if Congress proceeds to create a bicam and submits a final report to Malacanang, Aquino is likely to veto the bill anyway. ?Para wala na lang kahiyaan, di na lang ipipilit yung DICT bill kasi hindi rin naman pipirmahan,? said an IT executive. In contrast, a bicam is reportedly going to be held this week for the Data Privacy Act, while the Cybercrime Law just got the final nod of Congress last week. Aquino, who is currently riding high on his recent victory against now former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, is said to be willing to sign the two ICT bills as a way of mollifying the ICT industry for his non-approval of the DICT bill. ]]>

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