Sunday, October 7, 2012

Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012--unconstitutional, says Santiago

The light of reason is again shining at the Senate. At least one of them said the law is unconstitutional.

Senator Miriam Santiago yesterday said Republic Act 10175 otherwise known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 is unconstitutional.  Santiago says the new law has vague provisions, and should have been put on hold by her colleagues pending clarification. 

Another senator, Greg Honasan urged for a temporary stoppage of its implementation until those vague provisions of this law be cleared. 

The two senators came forward shortly after their colleague Senator Ed Angara, the main proponent of the law, called for his colleagues to stand by what they approved. 

Angara is the only lone voice in the chamber that recognizes the firmity of the law. Others, including President Aquino has recognized several infirmities in the present form and also joined in the chorus of amending the law prior to implementing it.

Senator Chiz Escudero has earlier expressed his "opposition" and is willing to amend certain provisions of the law, including the contentious provision about libel.

Those others who approved the law are: Koko Pimentel, Pia Cayetano, Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada, Ping Lacson, Lito Lapid, Ralph Recto, Bongbong Marcos and Manny Villar.

Why are these senators so afraid of online media? Simple---they don't want to be exposed as frauds or BOPOLs or Bobong Politicos.

Inspite of being a bar top notcher, Koko Pimentel probably forgot what he learned from Constitutional Law 1 and 2. Probably, he was so distracted by his annulment trial that he forgot that a State is not bound to follow international conventions, especially since local laws exist of the same nature.