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Manila Bulletin - Marcos files bill to remove contentious provision of Cybercrime law

In The News
1 July 2013

By Mary Rose Hogaza | Manila Bulletin

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos moved to remove the most controversial provision of the Cybercrime Prevention Action of 2012 on the first day of the 16th Congress.

On the first day of the 16th Congress, Marcos filed a senate bill seeking to revise the law by deleting the provision which imposes a higher penalty of cyber libel than libel using print or broadcast media.

Section 6 of the law states that “Provided, that the penalty to be imposed shall be one degree higher than the provided for by the Revised Penal Code, as amended, and special laws, as the case may be.”

“Imposing a higher penalty on crimes defined under the Revised Penal Code and special laws committed through the Internet is not in accordance with the principle of justice and equality, and sound public policy,” Marcos said.

“If a crime is committed by, through and with the use of information and communications technologies, then the penalties provided under the present laws should be imposed accordingly and should not be increased solely on the ground that the crime was perpetrated through the use of cyberspace,” he added.

President Benigno Aquino III signed the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 in September.

The high court on October of last year 2012 issued a temporary restraining order on the law for 120 days.

On February, the Supreme Court extended the TRO indefinitely.