Cybercrime Law draft IRR done

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 03 2014 01:15 PM | Updated as of Mar 03 2014 09:15 PM

MANILA - Justice Assistant Secretary Geronimo Sy on Monday said the draft of the implementing rules and regulations of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 has been completed and that consultations on it would begin next week.

Sy spoke of this development during the hearing of Senate Committee on Science and Technology on the cybercrime law.

Challenges to the cybercrime law remain even after the Supreme Court upheld the legality of its online libel provision.

Media organizations and netizens continue to push for its repeal.

The Senate Committee on Science and Technology, chaired by Senator Ralph Recto, is conducting a hearing to discuss this proposal, along with a proposal of Senators Miriam Santiago and Bam Aquino to pass a Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom that will guarantee rights of Internet users.

The bill is being described as a "crowdsourced" measure that was formed by stakeholders such as bloggers, netizens, and human rights advocates.

Representatives from the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, the National Press Club will present their respective positions, along with members of, Media Defense Southeast Asia, the National Union of Students of the Philippines, Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance, among others.

The proposal to create a Department of ICT will also be discussed in this hearing.