PNoy: No apologies for signing cyberlaw

By Jorge Carino, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 12 2012 03:02 PM | Updated as of Oct 13 2012 03:38 AM

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III will not apologize for signing into law Republic Act 10175, also known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act, Malacañang said Friday.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte earlier said the Palace has made clear its position on the issue.

"When it comes to amending the law, there are a number of legislators who have already filed the bills relative to their requested or their suggested amendments and that is it," she said.

Aquino has drawn flak for signing the anti-cybercrime law, which aims to combat Internet crimes such as hacking, identity theft, spamming, cybersex and online child pornography.

He earlier defended the law including its online libel provision, which has been described as a threat to civil liberties.

"I do not agree that the provision on online libel should be removed. Whatever the format is, if it is libelous, then there should be some form of redress available to the victims," Aquino told reporters.

The Supreme Court earlier issued a 120-day stay order against the law’s implementation after receiving 15 separate petitions questioning several of the law’s provisions.

The Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance has urged the President to make a public apology for signing the anti-Cybercrime Law.