TRO vs Cybercrime Law, an initial victory for freedoms, democracy

BLOGGERS and netizens who sued the government over the Cybercrime Law today rejoiced over the Supreme Court’s reported issuance of a temporary restraining order against its implementation.

“If confirmed, this is a victory for citizens vigilant about their freedoms and about democracy online and offline,” said Tonyo Cruz of the newly-formed group Bloggers and Netizens for Democracy (BAND).

The BAND is composed of the bloggers and netizens who filed the 10th Petition challenging the constitutionality of the Cybercrime Prevention Act on 04 October 2012, entitled Anthony Ian M. Cruz, et al. v. His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III, et al., and docketed as G.R. No. 203469.

Cruz described the report as: “Bad news for President Aquino, good news for netizens of world’s social media capital.”

“The unanimous vote is a bad omen for President Aquino who is remorseless, arrogant and unrepentant about the law he signed,” said Cruz.

“We congratulate all those who sued government and who rallied against this law online and offline.”

Cruz said “the fight continues online and offline” until the court decides to side with petitioners and nullify the law.

“We look forward to the oral arguments that – with a vigilant citizenry online and offline – the law would be struck down and get replaced by a new law that promotes freedoms and democracy.

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