Philippines Supreme Court Temporarily Suspends Controversial Cybercrime Law

No one is allowed to implement or enforce it for a period of 120 days

The Supreme Court of the Philippines has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the controversial Republic Act No. 10175, better known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

The Court's decision to order authorities not to implement or enforce the law for a period of 120 days comes after numerous protests.

“We welcome the SC TRO and call on DOJ to immediately follow the order. This is a strong message vs those who want to curtail civil liberties,” the secretary general of the Kabataan party Vencer Crisostomo tweeted.

On the other hand, the initiators of the law don’t seem to be too concerned about the Supreme Court’s decision because they claim the time-out will give the bill’s critics time to reexamine their position.

Senator Edgardo Angara stresses that those who oppose the Cybercrime Prevention Act don’t see the big picture. Instead, they focus on the sections they consider to be harmful to civil liberties.

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