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Youths petition vs.
Cybercrime Law

MANILA – A petition was filed before the Supreme Court yesterday against the implementation of Republic Act 10175, or the Cybercrime Law.

In a 26-page petition, a group of bloggers and youth leaders asked the SC to nullify certain provisions of the Cybercrime Law.

Heart Diño, chairperson of the University of the Philippines-Diliman University Student Council, said the youth would bear the most brunt from the implementation of the Cybercrime Law given their high internet usage.

JC Tejano, a 2012 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines awardee, said various provisions of the Cybercrime Law were open to abuse, especially the provision on e-libel where a person can still be prosecuted under libel as defined by the Revised Penal Code.

Other signatories to the petition were University of the East Student Council president Ephraim Ocampo and Dela Salle University SC president Julie Ann Cabuhat.

The petitioners said they were also motivated to file the petition due to the short time left for Congress to amend the Cybercrime Law before the SC's temporary restraining order expires.

The SC's 120-day TRO against the implementation of the Cybercrime Law issued on Oct. 9, 2012 will expire on February 6. It will hear oral arguments on the various petitions filed against the Cybercrime Law on Tuesday.*PNA

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