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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Malacanang Palace and House of Senate Welcomes SC for Ruling the Cybercrime Law

Malacanang has welcome the Supreme Court decision declaring most of the provisions of the country's cybercrime law as constitutional. The Supreme Court earlier ruled that the controversial online libel provision in R.A. No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 is constitutional. Only the original author will be held liable while those who receive or react to the post will not be penalized. The cybercrime law was signed by PNoy in Sep. 2012 but it's implementation was suspended by the Supreme Court a month later. Several groups earlier questioned the legality of some of the law's provisions including the penalty for online libel. Proponents of the Cybercrime Preventions Act of 2012 in the Senate have lauded the Supreme Court for upholding the constitutionality of the online libel provisions stated in the law. Former Sen. Angara the main proponent of the act said he is satisfied at the ruling issued by the High Court as it upheld the over all objective of the law. Angara also said he welcomes even the decision of the SC to declare unconstitutional the provision giving the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) the authority to take down suspicious websites. There's no need for congress to amend that particular provisions in the law the former senator said. Sen. Sotto admitted he feels vindicated over the SC's decision though he has yet to see a copy of the ruling. But Sotto said he's not going to use the law to sue the people who attacked him online. Sotto said he believes only those who are irresponsible online users are scared of the law and wants it repealed.        
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