Angara, Sotto welcome indefinite TRO on cyber lawBy Matikas Santos |INQUIRER.net
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Edgardo Angara, the principal author of the Cybercrime Prevention Act, welcomed the indefinite temporary restraining Order (TRO) on the law handed down by the Supreme Court (SC) Tuesday.
“That’s good because the next Congress will have time to revise and see what needs to be refined and changed in the cybercrime law,” Angara told reporters Tuesday.
He said that it was also a good thing the SC issued a TRO so that “whatever weaknesses [it may have] can be addressed by the next Congress. We no longer have time to correct what the SC says should be corrected.”
The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 was previously issued a TRO in October last year after 15 petitioners questioned the constitutionality of the law.
Section 19, which allows the Department of Justice to take down a website without a court warrant, and Section 12, which allows authorities to obtain traffic data, were particularly assailed by the petitioners.
Majority Floor leader Vicente Sotto III, also welcomed the TRO saying “that’s OK because it’s just a TRO that is indefinite.”
“They are not saying it is unconstitutional, they are still studying it so it’s OK,” Sotto said.
The Senate will take a break beginning Wednesday to give way to the May 2013 election campaign.
Recent Stories:Sideshow in Pacquiao training: ‘Biggest loser’ tilt 15 mins elapsed Cardinal Tagle hopes others will help the homeless too 21 mins elapsed House finally musters budget quorum 29 mins elapsed New batch of peacekeepers ships out, this time to Haiti 30 mins elapsed Aquino wanted to avenge pa’s murder 55 mins elapsed Boston College renames scholarship grant to honor Ninoy and Cory Aquino 55 mins elapsed After 31 years, Aquino visits Boston home of Aquino family 1 hour elapsed Aquino meets Kennedy scion 2 hours elapsed