Thursday, October 4, 2012

Cybercrime Prevention Act and the Supreme Court's refusal to issue TRO---test case for real martial law declaration?

The refusal by the Supreme Court to issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the implementation of the much-criticized Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 sends a chilling effect on those who love democracy.

It is not, says the Supreme Court, that they don't like to issue TRO's, except that, in this case, they have to consolidate the numerous petitions filed by numerous individuals and groups against the law. Consolidation takes time.

In a real-life martial law scenario, surely, there would be numerous individuals filing petitions simultaneously. Don't tell me that the Supreme Court would not issue a TRO just because they want to consolidate those petitions first and read them, and render a decision a few days or weeks after. The effects of such actions are catastrophic. 

In a 48-hour scenario after a declaration of martial law, it would be enough time to round up thousands of dissidents or suspected enemies of the state. It would have also caused billions of pesos of lost revenues. It would have led to a shutdown of businesses suspected of being enemies of the Aquino administration.

Malacanang is closely monitoring this because this is a test case on how the Supreme Court might react in situations like these. Since Malacanang already knew that it would take days before the SC acts as the people's savior, this is more than enough to assure the Power Freaks inside Bahay Pangarap of a possible sweetheart time if and when they so declare a State of Emergency, or a State suspending Habeas Corpus or martial law.

Beware. Be very much aware.