Anti-cybercrime law can be enforced sans IRR

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 28 2012 02:30 AM | Updated as of Sep 28 2012 11:49 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang appeals to critics of the Cybercrime Prevention Act to wait for the law's implementing rules and regulations (IRR).

But University of the Philippines law professor JJ Disini, one of the petitioners questioning the law, expresses concern saying complaints over cybercrime violations can still be filed even while the IRR is pending.

The departments of justice, science and technology, and interior and local government have until December to jointly formulate the IRR.

"I don't think the National Prosecution Service or state prosecutors will sit on the cases while waiting for the IRR. I think they will immediately implement," Disini said.

"And since there's double liability for crimes, I think they will proceed. and I'm certain there will be application for the power of DOJ secretary to block access. I'm not sure whether the DOJ will stop, will not issue orders if there are requests," he added. - ANC