Tips on Communicating with the Senators of the 15th congress of the Philippines

Jean Weil in ABC studio making international phone call

A great find on how to contact the Senators of the 15th congress of the Philippines is on Github, I suppose the guy behind this is a web developer. He compiled all the communication channels of the Senators like mailing address, phone numbers, emails and website. The cool thing I like is the issue tracker that he can update it with history, another creative way of using Github.

This tips can help you get a better result in fighting for the CyberCrime Law and not just by shouting out, burst out anger. If there is anything you can add in this list feel free to do so.

  • When sending emails, make sure to send it to all the listed email addresses for each senator. You can’t be sure which ones are active and which ones aren’t.
  • Refrain from sending hate mail and other forms of personal attacks. These will not help. Consider making constructive criticism instead, and communicating why the issue is important to you.
  • If you get bounced emails or wrong numbers, leave a comment on the issue tracker so I can update this list.
  • If a senator here has no Facebook page linked, it probably means that any Facebook pages you’ll find associated with them are fake/unofficial.
  • Try to contact them through more than one medium. Facebook posts alone will not be very effective; try to at least send snail mail to their Senate office addresses. A face-to-face meeting (if you can manage it!) will have a better potential than a letter; a letter, more than a phone call; a phone call, more than an e-mail or FB/Twitter post.
  • Encourage your friends to send letters as well. The more people send in their concerns, the more you can convince senators (and their staff) that the issues you raise are relevant to their constituents.
  • When sending emails/letters:
    • Address the senators, even if your letter is most likely going to be read by his/her staff.
    • Address the senators by their full name (eg, Sen. Vicente Sotto III), not their popular name (eg, Tito Sotto).
  • When you call:
    • Direct lines are usually better than trunk lines.
    • Say your name, where you’re from, and what you’re calling about. For example: “ako po si Rico Sta Cruz mula sa Makati city. Tumatawag po ako tungkol sa isyu ng _____.”
    • Try to ask the staffer about the senator’s stance on the issue you’re calling about.
    • follow up with an email.

Support Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance Online Protest

Show your support for the Internet Freedom and Freedom of Speech in the Philippines spread this message that the government will take actions to review the Cybercrime Law ʀᴀ ɴᴏ. 10175. I also got this information on Facebook and Twitter and I’m just sharing it here on my blog. Here is one example of the call to action.

TODAY, 02 October 2012, the Supreme Court sitting en banc is set to hear several petitions for prohibition against the Cybercrime Prevention Law.

If the high court junks these petitions and disapproves the request for a temporary restraining order (TRO), the Cybercrime Prevention Law will take effect the following day, forever changing the Internet landscape in the Philippines — possibly even killing Internet freedom.

As a sign of protest, please take down your profile pictures and cover photos and change it to a simple black image.

We also call on website administrators in the Philippines to take down/blacken their websites starting 12 midnight in protest of the looming implementation of the draconian law. There are several plugins available in the net to do so (GIYF).

With enough websites participating, we can be a formidable force that can compel the government to think twice.

If you’re active on social media you can change your social media profiles and show your friends, followers about this law suppressing Internet freedom. If you have your own website or blog follow the instructions here on how to participate on Website Blackout Protest self hosted blogs, Blogger and Tumblr is supported by the script. Show your online support now!