Cybercrime Office Ng DOJ, Tigil Muna Ang Operasyon Dahil Sa Tro Ng Supreme Court

admin   •   October 10, 2012   •   4081

FILE PHOTO: Si DOJ Sec. Leila De Lima kasama ang mga kawani ng media (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Pansamantalang itinigil ang operasyon ng cybercrime office ng Department of Justice dahil sa inilabas na Temporary Restraining Order ng Korte Suprema laban sa implementasyon ng Cybercrime Prevention Law.

Ayon kay Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, kasamang ititigil ang pagbalangkas sa Implementing Rules and Regulations ng kontrobersyal na batas.

Aniya, maghahanda na lamang sa ngayon ang DOJ para sa oral argument sa darating na Enero.

“Since na-TRO, hindi muna magpa-function o mag-o-operate yung Office for the Cybercrime. But I don’t think there is any legal prohibition on our part to help out in the drafting of the comment and in the preparation for the oral arguments,” pahayag ni DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima.

Ayon sa kalihim, hindi kasamang pinipigil ng TRO ng Korte Suprema ang kanilang adbokasiya na maipaunawa sa mga Pilipino ang mahahalagang probisyon ng Cybercrime Prevention Law.

Plano rin ng DOJ na i-upload sa kanilang website ang mga paliwanag ng ahensiya kung bakit hindi dapat ikatakot ng publiko ang implementasyon ng naturang batas.

Ayon pa kay Secretary De Lima, naging mas mabuting batas sana ang Cybercrime Prevention Law kung hindi na isiningit dito ang probisyon ng online libel.

“It could have been much better law. Dahil nga sinama pa yung libel, iyon nga ang nagpagulo doon. Because libel is already provided for under existing law, hindi na dapat nilagay categorically,” paliwanag ni De Lima.

Nilinaw naman ng kalihim na kahit may umiiral na TRO ay karapatan ng sinomang biktima ng cybercrimes na maghain ng reklamo sa DOJ. Sa ngayon ay dalawang cybercrime complaint na ang natatanggap ng DOJ.

Bagamat hindi ito maaaring aksyonan sa ngayon ng DOJ,  gamit ang Cybercrime Prevention Law ay pag-aaralan ng kagawaran ang reklamo kung maaari itong i-prosecute sa ilalim ng ibang umiiral na mga batas gaya ng Revised Penal Code.

“What we will tell him or her that “Pasensya na muna. Hindi pa effective yung Cybercrime Law. Pero we will evaluate itong kaso mo baka covered ito ng existing laws,” pahayag ng kalihim. (Roderic Mendoza/Marje Navarro, UNTV News)

De Lima urges Google Philippines to take down fake videos on YouTube

Robie de Guzman   •   August 23, 2019

Senator Leila de Lima

MANILA, Philippines – Detained Opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Friday expressed alarm over the “continued proliferation of fake videos” on video-sharing website Youtube and urged Google Philippines to take it down.

“The continued proliferation of fake videos on YouTube is highly alarming. These fake videos have been widely shared across social media platforms by well-orchestrated network of pages that aim to manipulate reality to advance their political agendas,” De Lima said in a statement.

The senator said fake videos are populating on one of its subsidiaries, notably YouTube, “which becomes the go-to platform of sinister groups to spread lies and misleading content.”

De Lima called on Google Philippines to take concrete and decisive actions to ensure the veracity of the videos and audio clips it allows to be disseminated and shared on its service by cleaning up YouTube of fake clips.

“Google Philippines should take this concern seriously and start the crackdown on fake videos, including deep fake videos, on YouTube to free the public from any confusion about what’s real and what’s fake. This is long overdue,” she added.

The lawmaker also said she has since been aware of the malicious content populating YouTube because she has been a constant target of fake news on the said platform, as with other social networking sites.

“I should know. Evil men and women who are behind the fake news stories and videos against me have long been resorting to YouTube, among other social media platforms, to discredit me and make me appear bad in the public’s eyes,” she said.

“Even though my Senate staff report these online fake news pages and websites regularly, their efforts are not enough to control the proliferation of these fake news videos, especially among overseas Filipino workers,” she added.

De Lima believes that Google Philippines and its mother unit would be more responsible in finding innovative ways that could control, if not at all stop, the continued circulation and distribution of fake videos on YouTube.

“The people behind these dubious accounts and channels should also be held accountable for their actions. Media literacy and fact-checking platforms would not suffice unless technology giants like Google contribute in fighting disinformation,” she said.

Google Philippines has yet to issue a statement on the matter as of posting.

JBC extends deadline for Chief Justice application, nomination to Sept. 2

Robie de Guzman   •   August 23, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has extended until September 2 the deadline for application and nomination of the next Chief Justice of Supreme Court, a panel member announced on Thursday.

According to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, the council decided to extend the deadline to invite more applicants to the position.

The application for the next chief justice initially closed on August 20.

Only four Supreme Court justices have filed their application and acceptance of nomination, namely, Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Andres Reyes Jr and Jose Reyes Jr.

Perlas-Bernabe and Peralta were among the five SC senior associate justices who were automatically nominated for the post. The other three magistrates are Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justices Marvic Leonen and Benjamin Caguiao who all rejected their automatic nominations.

Carpio earlier said he declined his nomination as he is set to retire in October. Leonen and Caguiao, however, did not cite their reasons.

The chief justice position will be vacated when CJ Lucas Bersamin will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 on October 18.

Bersamin was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as chief justice on November 28, 2018.

Malacañang keeps distance from SC decision lifting TRO on Mamasapano trial

Maris Federez   •   August 7, 2019

The Office of the President has distanced itself from the Supreme Court (SC) decision that lifted the temporary restraining order (TRO) on the hearing of the case against former president Benigno Aquino III on the Mamasapano encounter.

Read: SC lifts TRO on Mamasapano trial at Sandiganbayan

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo has refused to further comment on the issue as the palace would not want to be accused of meddling with the decision of the judiciary which is a co-equal branch of government.

“[W]e refuse to comment on the action undertaken by the Supreme Court, which belongs to a separate and independent branch of government from ours. We cannot and we do not intend to interfere with the functions of other branches which are distinct from the Executive,” Panelo said.

The palace, he added, would rather see the judicial process roll on its own accord.

“We will, as usual, let the law take its course,” Panelo said. (with details from Rosalie Coz) /mbmf

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