October 9, 2012
Statement of Sen. Pia S. Cayetano
The temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court on RA 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012) opens a window of opportunity for Congress to revisit the law and work for the amendment and/or repeal of its questionable provisions.
These efforts should go hand-in-hand with deliberations on a related matter, the decriminalization of libel.
Several bills have already been filed, including Senate Bill Nos. 3297 and 3298 which I authored. I look forward to the debates and urge the public, including netizens and bloggers, to monitor and participate in the public hearings.
Link to SBN 3297, An Act amending Republic Act 10175, otherwise known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012
Link to SBN 3298, An Act decriminalizing libel thereby repealing Articles 353 to 357 and Articles 360 to 362 of the Revised Penal Code