October 10, 2012
The College Editor’s Guild of the Philippines Baguio-Benguet welcomes the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court to issue a Temporary Restraining Order on the much-opposed Cybercrime Law which took effect last October 03.
The Guild sees this as the triumph of the collective action of the different groups of people who registered their protests on the Cybercrime Law. The law instantly became notorious primarily because of the inclusion of Libel under the Punishable Acts section of the law. The Guild commends the Supreme Court for heeding the call of the people which on its part, has not failed to show its oppositional stance in regard to the issue. However, the Guild is prompt in its reminder that the people must not be complacent after this initial triumph. The battle against the repression of “online freedom of expression” is only beginning and we call on the people to continuously act together towards amending the questionable inclusions in the law, specifically the Libel provision, if not the outright junking of the law. As the effectiveness of the TRO is only for 120 days, the time is now to organize a plan of action that will be geared towards amending or junking the Cybercrime Law. Scattered oppositions led by various groups can be harmonized into one in order to achieve a more striking formation that will echo the interest of the people and can bring a stronger message to the Aquino regime and its cohorts. As evinced by the SC issuance of TRO, the collective action of the people truly brings forth positive outcomes. This should be the lesson to be put in mind as we continue the battle for freedom of expression not only in the internet among our other constitutional rights.
Ivan Emil Labayne, Chair