The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed all pending motions for reconsideration of its Feb. 18 ruling that the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10175) was constitutional, except for a provision that grants the Department of Justice the power to block websites.
Criminalizing the “aiding or abetting” of online libel and prosecuting those who simply receive and react to defamatory social media posts will be difficult if the complexities of cyberspace are ignored in the formulation of a cyberlibel law, according to the Supreme Court.
Republic Act No. 10175, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, was signed into law by President Aquino on Sept. 12, 2012.
The Supreme Court upheld on Tuesday, the constitutionality of a provision in the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 penalizing online libel amid fears it would infringe on Internet freedom.
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.