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Philippines cyber law stopped until further notice

Publication Date : 05-02-2013


The Philippine Supreme Court today extended indefinitely the restraining order against the implementation of Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

High Court’s acting spokesperson Gleo Guerra, in a text message, said the restraining order stays until further order from the court.

In October last year, the high court issued a 120-day temporary restraining order against the anti-cybercrime law. The TRO’s last day was supposed to be Tuesday, February 5.

There are 15 petitions assailing the constitutionality of the controversial law. The high court held an oral argument to hear the sides of both parties and answer questions of the justices.

Solicitor-General Francis Jardeleza conceded that Section 19 is unconstitutional.

Section 19 or known as the Take Down provision allows the Department of Justice to block and restrict a website without court warrant.

Jardeleza also admitted that Section 12 of the law which authorises government authorities to collect traffic data is “barely constitutional.

“He admitted that traffic data was not thoroughly defined under the law and he would feel better if there would be judicial intervention.


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