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changes in the available privacy settings, such as those of Facebook, especially because Facebook is notorious for changing these settings and the site's layout often. In finding that respondent STC and its officials did not violate the minors' privacy rights, We find no cogent reason to disturb the findings and case disposition of the court a quo.
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POLITICAL LAW CASE DIGESTS 307 GMA NETWROK INC V COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS Gr No. 205357; September 2, 2014 Peralta J. DOCTRINE: The guaranty of freedom to speak is useless without the ability to communicate and disseminate what is said. And where there is a need to reach a large audience, the need to access the means and media for such dissemination becomes critical. This is where the press and broadcast media come along. At the same time, the right to speak and to reach out would not be meaningful if it is just a token ability to be heard by a few. It must be coupled with substantially reasonable means by which the communicator and the audience could effectively interact. Section 9 (a) of COMELEC Resolution No. 9615, with its adoption of the "aggregate-based" airtime limits unreasonably restricts the guaranteed freedom of speech and of the press. Political speech is one of the most important expressions protected by the Fundamental Law. "Freedom of speech, of expression, and of the press are at the core of civil liberties and have to be protected at all costs for the sake of democracy." Accordingly, the same must remain unfettered unless otherwise justified by a compelling state interest. DIGEST: Once again the Court is asked to draw a carefully drawn balance in the incessant conflicts between rights and regulations, liberties and limitations, and competing demands of the different segments of society. Here, we are confronted with the need to strike a workable and viable equilibrium between a constitutional mandate to maintain free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible elections, together with the aim of ensuring equal opportunity, time and space, and the right to reply, including reasonable, equal rates therefor, for public information campaigns and forums among candidates, on one hand, and the imperatives of a republican and democratic state, together with its guaranteed rights of suffrage,4 freedom of speech and of the press, and the people's right to information, on the other. In a nutshell, the present petitions may be seen as in search of the answer to the question - how does the Charter of a republican and democratic State achieve a viable and acceptable balance between liberty, without which, government becomes an unbearable tyrant, and authority, without which, society becomes an intolerable and dangerous arrangement? Assailed in these petitions are certain regulations promulgated by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) relative to the conduct of the 2013 national and local elections dealing with political advertisements.
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