DOJ sets guidelines on bail for cybercrime
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice released the guidelines on bail for the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 on Friday, June 5.
The Department Circular No. 020 (DC 020) seeks to address the bail-related issues as numerous complaints of cybercrime were already investigated by authorities since its the passage of the law.
"These have resulted to filing of criminal charges and requires the provision of bail as a balance, for provisional liberty," Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said.
De Lima added that DC020 serves to help prosecutors handling cybercrime-related charges.
"This issuance will guide our prosecutors and public defenders on the amount of bail to recommend to the courts - to fill in the gap in the schedule since this is a relatively new law," she explained.
Cybercrime Law, or Republic Act No. 10175, was signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III in September 2012 but was issued a 120-day temporary restraining order (TRO) by the Supreme Court in October of the same year.
It was upheld by the SC as constitutional in February 2014 following oral arguments.