SC issues TRO vs Cybercrime Law; Kabataan welcomes SC action

KABATAAN Partylist Rep. Raymond Palatino welcomed the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court en banc to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the implementation of Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

“We welcome the issuance of TRO against the Cybercrime Law. This is an opportunity for the Palace to retract its hardline position on the issue, as we now have tangible proof that several of the law’s provisions are unconstitutional and post threats to our countrymen’s civil liberties,” Palatino said.

Palatino, along with youth leaders, media practitioners, and member of the academe, filed the sixth petition for prohibition against RA 10175. A total of 15 petitions were filed in the SC to assail the constitutionality of the new law.

“The issuance of a TRO is also a cue for Congress leadership to expedite the processing of repeal bills now filed in both chambers of Congress,” the youth solon added.

Palatino filed House Bill No.6613 in the Lower House in the afternoon of October 1, Monday, with Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño as co-author.

HB 6613 seeks to repeal Sections 4(c)4, 5, 6, 7 and the whole Chapter 4 of RA 10175.

Section 4(c)4, 5, and 6 of RA 10175 relate to online libel, and are unconstitutional due its vagueness, the youth solon explained. Meanwhile, Chapter IV of RA 10175 is also unconstitutional for violating constitutional due process, Palatino said.

“While it is good that the SC has addressed the growing concern of netizens against this new law, netizens are still urged to remain vigilant until the contentious provisions are expunged,” Palatino ended.

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