Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The Supreme Court (SC) in Philippine on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the implementation of the Cybercrime Prevention Act.

According to reports, the SC gave unanimous verdict for the issuance of the TRO.

The report published on philstar.com stated that fifteen petitions were filed before the Supreme Court questioning the constitutionality of the new cyber law, which President Benigno Aquino III had signed on September 12.

The TRO's issuance came as the Department of Justice (DOJ) was reportedly holding a cybercrime forum in its office in Manila.

DOJ Assistant Secretary Geronimo Sy reportedly said the law will not target bloggers and social media users, and he added that the law would deal with the "most pernicious" crimes.

Sy said the DOJ is uninterested in personal communications among social media users, belying claims that the law would hamper free speech on the internet.

He further added that the DOJ would not allow any politician to use the law to get back at his critics.

According to him, the first case filed before the DOJ under the new law involving the sex video of a 17-year-old girl, who was first abused when she was 15.

"The video is all over the internet. The permanence is there. She can no longer face anyone. Can we stop the videos? No. What we can do is to provide counselling to the woman, change her identity and to have her relocated. This case validated 10 years of work of frustration. So long as we can help one Filipino and one vulnerable [person, this is worth it]," the report quoting Sy said.

Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in