SC extends TRO on cybercrime law

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court on Tuesday, February 5, has extended the temporary restraining order (TRO) on the controversial cybercrime law.

The extension was made a day before the 120-day TRO issued by the SC in October 2012 lapses on February 6.

The extension is for an indefinite period "until further notice," according to the SC Public Information Office.  

"...Effective until further orders from this Court, You, respondents, your agents, representatives, or persons acting in your place or stead, are hereby continually enjoined from implementing and/or enforcing Republic Act No. 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012)," the SC said. 

A total of 15 petitions were filed with the High Court questioning the constitutionality of the law, which, among others, criminalizes libel, increases penalties of crimes under the Revised Penal Code to one degree, and allows government agencies to collect traffic data. –