Philippines' Cybercrime Law Got TROed (extended)

Cybercrime law of the Philippines got blocked again by the Supreme Court after it extended the temporary restraing order TRO that prevent the law from being implemented.

The series of TROs has been issued amid strong online and offline protest on the fear that it would crush freedom. Opponents of this law said that this would only favor the high-profiled individuals like celebrities and politicians - politicians who actually made it to become a law.

The 120-days TRO that is due to expire on Wednesday has been extended by the Supreme Court and said that the extension will take effect until further notice. "Until Further Notice" seems to have no definite date on it, a good news for the opposers of the law.

The Republic Act 10175 - or simply the Cybercrime law that was made into law and signed by the Philippine president September of last year was held on execution --- until SC's further notice.

RA 10175, according to the lawmakers would focus on cybercrimes like fraud, identity theft, spamming and child pornography. Protesters of this law howeer, sees this as a threat on freedom of speech as government would have a power to shutdown websites and monitor online activities such as listening to your skype conversation without any warrant - just to name one.

Department of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima did not clarify on how long the extension would be in force and that the Supreme Court officials declined to give further details.

We all hope that this law - if really become implemented, should be reviewed first. May any law be use to protect its people and not to act as a tool to protect just the elite.


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