The high tribunal has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, a Supreme Court (SC) justice has confirmed. SC had already concluded its en banc session but had yet to come out with an official announcement. However, the source — who declined to be named because he was not authorized to disclose the proceedings to the media — told reporters that the TRO had already been issued.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima later told GMA News that the vote was unanimous.
De Lima said that the Department of Justice (DOJ), as the law’s implementing agency, will comply with the High Court’s order. The DOJ had earlier been tasked with creating a set of Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for the law.
“The TRO is an exercise of the power of judicial review. We respect and will abide by it,” she told GMA News via SMS.
“We will present the arguments outlined in the historic Forum on Cybercrime earlier formally before the High Court in due time. Our advocacy for a safe cyberspace and interdiction of organized crime will continue,” she added.
According to de Lima, the TRO suspends the law in its entirety —not just select contentious provisions— for a period of 120 days.