Supreme Court (SC) issues TRO against Republic Act 10175 a.k.a Cybercrime Prevention Law

By: System Admin in Politics

Supreme Court (SC), under the new Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, issued a TRO or Temporary Restraining Order on the controversial RA 10175 or Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.


Justice Secretary Leila de Lima confirmed that all 14 justices present during the voting unanimously decided to issue a TRO, in response to at least 15 petitions filed by various groups and individuals from the media, legal, academic and free-speech advocates’ sectors.

Having that said, the Department of Justice (DOJ), as the law's implementing agency, which was earlier tasked in creating a set of implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the law will have to comply with the high court's order.

Senator Teofisto Guingona III, the only one who opposed the passage of the Anti-Cybercrime Prevention Act, described the Temporary Restraining Order of the Supreme Court as “the first victory of the people and of freedom of expression" but the senator also advised the people to be vigilant.

Reacting to news of the TRO, Guingona said, “For a court to issue a TRO unanimously is a strong message of its belief that the dangers and fears of the people are real and must be addressed. With this TRO, the tyrannical powers granted by the law are effectively clipped.”

Human rights advocates being headed by Human Rights Watch (HRW) also commended the Supreme Court for the issuance of the TRO against RA 10175, signed into law last September 12.

"The court should now go further by striking down this seriously flawed law," Brad Adams, HRW's director for Asia said

Meanwhile, according to Justice de Lima, the TRO suspends the law in its entirety —not just select contentious provisions— for a period of 120 days.

Source: Interaksyon news, GMA news

This is indeed a good news but still a TRO is not a permanent win. This is just the beginning of a bigger battle. We need to continue what we just started. We have to keep the fire burning!

We have 120 days to prepare for the next battle.

People, UNITE and let our voices be heard!

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Posted by on 09 Oct 2012

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