[In the news] Lawyers, bloggers urge takedown of Cybercrime Law -GMANews.com

Lawyers, bloggers urge takedown of Cybercrime Law
SHAIRA PANELA, GMA NEWS
September 26, 2012

With one of the biggest and most active online communities in the world, the Philippines stands much to gain —or lose— from the enactment and implementation of the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act (RA 10175), which was signed into law last September 12.

International social media research group Socialbakers ranked the Philippines as the eigth largest country in the world in terms of number of Facebook users, with more than 29 million Pinoys on the social network. The country is also the tenth largest nation on Twitter, with over 9.5 million users.

It is in this context a petition for certiorari and prohibition was filed before the Supreme Court on September 25 by lawyers Jose Jesus “JJ” Disini, Jr., Rowena S. Disini, and Liane Ivy P. Medina; and bloggers Ernesto Sonido Jr. and Janette Toral.

According to the petitioners, the Cybercrime Act violates Constitutional provisions on the “freedom of expression, due process, equal protection, privacy of communications, double jeopardy, and right against unreasonable searches and seizure.”

The respondents included the secretaries of Justice and of the Interior and Local Government; the executive director of the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO); the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP); and the director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

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