MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance (PIFA), along with senatoriable and Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casino and several others, filed the 15th petition against Republic Act (RA) No. 10175, also known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act, with the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday afternoon.
The 61-page petition assails the law as violative of the fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights of the 1987 Constitution:
-- the law is an undue abridgment of the freedom of speech, expression, and of the press;
-- the law authorizes government to conduct an unreasonable search and seizure;
-- the law violates the right to privacy and the right to privacy of communication and correspondence;
-- the law is contrary to the guarantees of equal protection under the law;
-- the law violates public international law; and
-- the law acts as an ex-post facto law.
"The violations against the constitutional rights of the petitioners are clear and manifest, as their constitutional rights to privacy, freedom of expression, speech, and due process, among other rights, are currently being violated with the enactment and continuing implementation of the provisions of the Cybercrime Prevention Act," the petition read.
Petitioners urged the immediate issuance of a status quo ante order and/or writ of preliminary injunction to require government to observe the status quo prior to the signing of the law last Sept. 12 by President Aquino, and declare the entire law null and void for being unconstitutional.
The National Press Club (NPC) also filed a separate petition, bringing to 15 the total number of petitions against the controversial statute. The other petitioners are the following: Louis Biraogo, ALAM party-list, Disini, et al., Sen. Teofisto Guingona III, Adonis, et al., Rep. Palatino, et al., Bayan, et al., Sta. Maria, et al., NUJP, et al., Castillo, et al., Cruz, et al., the Philippine Bar Association (PBA), and Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares.
Petition filed by the Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance