02 October 2012

Cybercrime law takes effect amid Supreme Court inaction

Manila -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday deferred action on the petitions filed by various groups questioning the constitutionality of some provisions in the Cybercrime Prevention Act, paving the way for the law to take effect the same day.
The Court, meeting as a group, did not issue an order freezing the questioned provisions to allow them to study those before  tackling the case again next Tuesday.
“The [Supreme Court] did not issue a [temporary restraining order] in the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 petitions which are up for further study,” high court spokeswoman Maria Victoria Gleoresty Guerra said in an interview.
She said the Court also did not require the petitioners to submit their comments.
In the House, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said he was confident that the controversial provisions in the new law–including the higher penalties for libel–would pass the  constitutional test before the Supreme Court.

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