Solon lauds SC’s TRO on Aquino’s Cybercrime Law

ANAKPAWIS Rep. Rafael Mariano hailed the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on Republic Act 10175 or the or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012  as an initial victory for all civil libertarians, netizens, journalists and all concerned sectors that raised their stand and opposition to the ominous Cybercrime law.

“The strong lobbying and actions against RA 10175 compelled the Supreme to act on various petitions filed by groups and individuals.” Anakpawis Partylist Vice President and second nominee Joel Maglunsod is a co-petitioner against Aquino’s Cybercrime Law in the Petition for Prohibition and Certiorari filed by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), National Artist Bien Lumbera and other militant people’s organizations last October 1.

The petition seeks nullification of Sections 4(a)(3), 4(b)(3), 4(c)(4), 5(a)(b), 6, 7, 12, 17, 19, and 20 of Republic Act No. 10175  that infringes unconstitutionally and constitutes a sweeping intrusion into the people’s freedom of speech, of expression, and of the press, right against unreasonable searches and seizures, and right to privacy, and other fundamental freedoms and suppresses the right to free speech on the internet.

“The fight does not stop here. We must remain vigilant against all attempts to suppress freedom of expression, freedom of speech, the right to privacy and all our rights protected and upheld in the Constitution. We must always guard against the Aquino government’s authoritarian tendencies. We must not allow the current administration to undermine our democratic rights and civil liberties.”

“The next step for the Supreme Court now is to declare RA 10175 as unconstitutional,” Mariano said.

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