Honasan backtracks on cybercrime law
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, one of the senators who approved the anti-cybercrime law proposal on its third and final reading, said on Saturday that Republic Act 10175 “cannot” and “must not” by implemented until the issues have been resolved.
“In its present state, current conditions and the absence of clear and comprehensive implementing rules and regulations, the Cybercrime Law cannot and must not be implemented until contentious issues are resolved to effectively serve public interest,” the senator said on his official Twitter account.
“Sobriety patience informed rational discussion of Rights Freedoms Responsibilities as core principles values must prevail, pending Supreme Court action amendments to improve our response to new unfamiliar constitutional regulatory cyberspace terrain,” he added.
The other senators who approved the anti-cybercrime law proposal on third and final reading were Vicente Sotto III, Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, Pia Cayetano, Bong Revilla Jr., Jinggoy Ejercito-Estrada, Panfilo Lacson, Lito Lapid, Ralph Recto, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Manny Villar.
The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 was authored by Senator Edgardo Angara and was signed into law by President Aquino on September 12.
The law was heavily criticized by various groups because of certain provisions that they believe curtail freedom of expression in the Internet.
President Aquino has defended his decision to sign the law, but admitted that it is flawed and needs to be amended.
Angara also said some of his colleagues have expressed willingness to amend the new law.