SC to hear arguments vs anti-cybercrime law


Alliance of youth organizations and institutions against cybercrime law held a vigil in front of the Supreme Court building in Padre Faura in Manila on Jan. 14, 2013, the eve of the high tribunal’s hearing on the oral arguments against the controversial law. PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/JOAN BONDOC

MANILA, Philippines–The Supreme Court will hear today (Tuesday) the petitions questioning the constitutionality of Republic Act 10175 or the anti-cybercrime law.

Five lawyers selected from 15 petitioners will present their arguments before the 15-man tribunal. The hearing will start at 2 p.m.

The five lawyers are  UP law Professor Harry Roque Jr., Bayan Muna Reptesentatiive Neri Colmenraes, Philippine Bar Association legal counsel Rodel Cruz, UP Prof. Jesus Disini, and Julius Matibag of the National Union of People’s Lawyers.

On January 22, it will be the government’s turn to defend the constitutionality of the Anti-Cybercrime law.

The hearing will also be the first oral argument to be presided by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Protesters and petitioners have also started trooping to the Supreme Court as early as January 14 when students, bloggers held an overnight vigil highlighted by cultural performances. Cause-oriented groups are expected to join the mass action at around 9 a.m.

Last October 9, the high court stopped the implementation of the Anti-Cybercrime law for 120 days which will lapse on February 5.

Those against the law will ask the high court to extend the 120 day- restraining order.

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  • Vin

    If most of the Western countries can’t apply strict regulations on free speech done via the Internet, why is the government is so bent on following the same thing as with communist countries.

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  • Leopoldo Cabrero

    this law is a joke. i want more massacre like what happened in maguindanao and quezon. i want to happen next in the congress, senate and malacañang.

  • brunogiordano

    Bilang mga SC justices alam nila kung ano ang mga provisions na CONSTITUTIONAL at hindi.

    Iyong mga provision na UNCONSTITUTIONAL (yong isinigit ng isang PIPITSUGIN senador) ay dapat I-strike out.

  • carlorocci

    No to suppression of freedom of speech……

  • White24

    If we want to STOP population growth thru RH LAW,, let us also STOP abuses in the internet thru the passage of CYBERCRIME LAW… GO GO GO… we need it!!!

    • Fulpol

      stop population growth thru RH Law???

      what do you mean by that?

      aborting all pregnancies?

      • marionics

        if that’s what you want fulpy i support you he he

    • Bert

      Anak o pinsan ka rin ng KAWATAN sa gobyerno na ayaw tumanggap ng kritisismo?

      • White24

        oo dapat hinuhuli ang mga mahilig sa kritisismo.. GO GO GO CYBERCRIME LAW

      • PunongKawal

        Wow, lumalabas kulay-Komunista mo tsong.

  • Kaloy

    Why stop the right of the bloggers to express views and opinions against                              any body suspected of wrongdoings particular those corrupt government leaders and officials..

    Bloggers effectively assisted senate to make a sound decision in the impeachment of former Chief Justice Corona and  prosecution of corrupt AFP Generals which was greatly appreciated by the public.

    Why a new Cyber law that we don’t need yet since there are similar laws existing which has not  been effectively used by the authorities to convict several corrupt personalities in our society?.

    This new Cyber law is more  intended to protect the crooks and the brainless politicians and officials in our governmant.

    Let the people talk and freely express their opinions openly through the social media which today, is found more effective than the present dailies..

  • i_am_filipino

    I can tell now that once the cyber crime law is introduced, we will become a communist country like china, it will triple the amount of crimes that the court cant handle anymore, it will make politicians, lawyers and rich people getting richer since there will be a continuous of tripled crime and poor people get sued, there will be a civil war, children will change their behavior and will become introvert, many journalist will go to prison, online libel will become more rampant, more computer virus will be spread until they shut down the whole computer system, more poor people will turn to slaves because they will be threatened, court will become bullish and a threat and will turn to dictatorship, civil war will rise dividing the country, priest can resume their criminal activities, more people would lie, millions of computer will be confiscated and small scale business will shut down, corruption will rise because people will become fearful to talk against the government, jobless will increase, more filipinos will move to another country with freedom to internet, children and adults would live fearful forever, more innocent will go to prison because their computer will be hacked, decreased of OFW. less students will become knowledgeable on computers because they cant afford to buy programs like CAD and wont be competitive to work abroad, program developers will become or provide their rules that they will be responsible for any content otherwise they will loose their business. Impose only a fine if proven guilty but don’t turn them as criminal. If government think that this is a solution, people think it is a destruction of freedom

  • bugoybanggers

    puro na lang reklamo. Gusto pa yata ng mga PILIPINO lahat pwede. Hala sige, wala na lang batas. Mga ABOGAGO, sandamutak na kayo sa Pilipinas kaya dumami ang MAYAYABANG. Kayo ang ugat ng kawalanghiyaan dahil sa mga PALUSOT at MADAHILAN.

  • bogli_anakdami

    hay naku, ‘wag kayong maniwala jan sa cybercrime law na lintek… ang flipland eh ‘sang tambaks ang batas laban sa graft and corruption, pero tingnan mo ang mga nasa pwesto, puro mga magnanakaws, mamamatay-tao, iyutero, pedophiles, etchastera, etc…

    at kahit anong “probe” ang dalihin, walang resulta… ang mga walanghiya nandoon pa rin sa senado at palasyo de gung gongs…

    nag-aaksaya lang kayo ng laway jan… uwi na lang kayo at magtanim ng kamote para meron kayong malamon…

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