Nancy Binay insists that the the Electronic Violence Against Women (E-VAW) bill, the first she has filed as a senator, was not meant to antagonize comedian Vice Ganda, who was one of her most vocal critics during the campaign period, as well as everyone else who questioned her capabilities due to her lack of experience in the political arena.

In a report on Interaksyon.com, the first-time politician said that she created the bill to protect women against online bullying, cyber-stalking, and other forms of digital harassment, which are not covered by the Violence against Women and Children Act of 2004.

"The bill is not about me, it’s about the women who are being subjected to bullying online by somebody close to them,” Nancy had said, stressing that there should be a degree of relationship between the cyber-bullying victim and the suspected cyber-criminal.

"So this bill just seeks to add this provision to the law. It is not about what I experienced during the campaign because under the bill there should be a personal relationship between the victim and the one who committed the crime in order to qualify. They could be an ex-husband, ex-boyfriend, or they had some sort of a close personal relationship," she explained. "And in my case, of course, I don't have any personal relationship with Vice Ganda and the people who criticized me online.”

“So this is not about me. I'm just sad because I'm being criticized and accused of trying to suppress press freedom," she concluded.

(Photo courtesy of PEP.ph)

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