Supreme Court issues TRO on R.A. 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act)

All 14 justices of the Supreme Court voted for the issuance of a temporary restraining order or TRO stopping the enforcement of Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

The said R.A. dubbed as “e-Martial law” was signed by President Benigno Aquino III on September 12, 2012. Critics are against some of the provisions of the said law particularly the online libel and the takedown clause.

It criminalizes libel in the Internet and gives the Department of Justice powers to block without court order access to data, potentially take down sites on a mere prima facie finding of violations, and to apprehend suspected cyber criminals even without warrants of arrest.

So far, the SC has received a total of 15 petitions to stop the enforcement of the law. Meanwhile, the sole senator to vote, “No,” on the Cybercrime Law, Senator TG Guingona said the fight is not yet over. “Now, we must escalate our vigilance, keep the fire burning, and continue the fight for our fundamental rights. The fight of the people, on the streets and online, must continue.” he said in a statement.