MANILA - The Supreme Court denied the appeals seeking to overturn an earlier decision that declared as “not unconstitutional” Internet libel and other provisions contained in the Anti-Cybercrime Act.
“The Court denied all the motions for reconsideration filed against the Decision dated February 18, 2014,” the high court said.
The high court earlier said section 4 (c) (4) of the Anti-Cybercrime Act, or the provision penalizing libel – is constitutional “with respect to the original author of the post.”
Meanwhile, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, and Justices Antonio Carpio, Arturo Brion, Jose Mendoza, and Marvic Leonen maintained their dissenting opinions.
Justices Presbitero Velasco and Estela Perlas-Bernabe took no part.
The same decision, also declares constitutional section 5, or the aiding and abetting of the commission of cybercrime, in relation to the commission of: Illegal Access, Illegal Interception, Data Interference; System Interference; Misuse of Devices; Cyber-squatting; Computer-related Offenses such as Computer-related Forgery and Computer-related Identity Theft; and Cybersex.