Cybercrime oral arguments postponed

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 22 2013 02:05 PM | Updated as of Jan 22 2013 10:05 PM

MANILA - The second oral arguments on Tuesday at the Supreme Court (SC) on the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 has been postponed due to a request made by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG).

The OSG, representing government, was scheduled to defend the law before the high court. However, Solicitor General was summoned by Pres. Aquino to Malacanan, prompting him to seek a postponement of the oral arguments.

In a text message, SC acting Public Information Office (PIO) chief Atty. Gleo Guerra said the OSG's formal motion was approved by the court en banc.

"[T]he oral arguments scheduled for today are reset to next Tuesday (Jan. 29) at 2pm," Guerra said.

Last Tuesday, the 15 petitioners against the law had the opportunity to present their arguments on why it should be stricken down as unconstitutional.

The petitioners said they were dismayed with the postponement, stressing that the case is of utmost importance and should be decided the soonest possible time. They also lamented why the OSG made the request at the last minute.