Miriam to SC: Scrap entire Cybercrime law

By Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 09 2012 04:26 PM | Updated as of Oct 10 2012 12:30 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago lauded the Supreme Court's issuance of a temporary restraining order on the Cybercrime Prevention Act.

"What a relief," she told reporters on Tuesday. "In any event, a TRO is always a minor victory, and is always a reason to hope that the final decision will be as indicated by the TRO. The anti-cybercrime law might have a very strong possibility of being declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court."

Santiago added that any ruling from the SC might be a model for other countries "grappling with the new phenomenon of digital communication."

For Santiago, the Court must eventually strike down the entire law, not just parts of it, considering the number of questionable provisions.

"It is better for the Supreme Court to strike down the entire law so that the Congress will not have the duty of amending certain provisions in parts or in whole and thus producing a sort of disjointed bill," she said.

"This will be a very, very auspicious case for us."

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, a defender of the law, also welcomed the SC's TRO.

"It's their prerogative. I'm so glad that they will finally look at it, at para matigil na rin ang ingay," he said.