SC extends TRO on anti-cybercrime law

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 05 2013 12:51 PM | Updated as of Feb 06 2013 07:23 AM

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) has extended the 120-day temporary restraining order (TRO) it earlier issued against the implementation of Republic Act No. 10175, also known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

The extension was a plea of the 15 petitioners against the controversial law which provides, among others, the criminalization of libel on the internet.

In a text message to reporters, acting SC Public Information Office chief Atty. Gleo Guerra said that the extension is for an indefinite period of time.

"TRO in cybercrime case extended until further orders from Court," she said.

The TRO extension plea was included in the high court's weekly en banc agenda.

The TRO was supposed to expire on Tuesday.

Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara, principal author and sponsor of the anti-cybercrime law, welcomed the extension of the anti-cybercrime law.

"Mabuti naman 'yan sapagkat may panahon ang next Congress para marepaso at matingnan kung ano ang dapat i-referine at palitan sa batas," he said on Tuesday.

"Kung ano man ang weakness nito ay mabibigyan ng lunas sa susunod na Kongreso." With Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News