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

admin   •   October 10, 2012   •   4196

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)

US Sen. Durbin renews call for De Lima’s release from detention

Robie de Guzman   •   January 9, 2020

US Senator Richard Durbin

MANILA, Philippines – United States Senator Richard Durbin renewed his call for the Duterte administration to release detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima, saying this is an “easy and honorable way forward.”

In a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, Durbin urged the Philippine government to give De Lima a quick and credible trial instead of threatening the travel of Americans with visa requirements.

“The Duterte regime should stop threatening the travel of Americans and so many others who travel between our nations, and instead ensure a quick and credible trial for Senator de Lima or simply do the right thing and release her,” he said.

Duterte’s spokesman Salvador Panelo earlier said the Philippine government would require all Americans to secure a visa before entering the country should the US government enforce the ban on Filipino officials said to be involved in De Lima’s detention.

The Philippine government also ordered the Bureau of Immigration to deny entry to Durbin and Senator Patrick Leahy.

It was Leahy and Durbin who pushed for the inclusion of a provision in the US 2020 budget banning the entry of Philippine officials linked to the detention of the Filipino senator.

Another American senator, Edward Markey, has also been banned from entering the Philippines for filing a resolution calling for De Lima’s release.

De Lima, one of Duterte administration’s fierce critics, has been detained since 2017 over her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade while she was Justice Secretary. She has repeatedly denied the charges.

Panelo reiterated that De Lima’s detention was not a case of political persecution, insisting that the senator was afforded due process and that there is a “probable cause” to issue a warrant for her arrest. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Angkas gets TRO against limit in rider count

Marje Pelayo   •   January 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court has granted a 72-hour temporary restraining order (TRO) against a government policy that limits the number of Angkas riders in the ongoing motorcycle taxi pilot run.

Executive Judge Ofelia Calo signed on Monday (January 6) the TRO which restrains the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) from implementing the motor taxi pilot program’s revised guidelines which has set a 10,000 cap in Metro Manila and 3,000 riders in Metro Cebu per company imposed by the technical working group (TWG).

The court argued that all 17,000 accredited Angkas riders who were allowed to join the pilot would suffer “grave irreparable injury as they stand to lose their jobs.”

Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in its social media post said it has yet to receive the official copy of the TRO.

“We will comment on the merit of said TRO issuance, as soon as the same has been duly received,” the statement reads.

“Whatever legal process we will have to go through, we, at the TWG, will always be guided by our respect and abeyance for due process of law.Our action and disposition will remain constant amid this new legal challenge,” it read further.

The TWG expressed confidence that it is on firm legal ground in its administration of the Motorcycle Taxi Service Pilot Implementation program.

PH Supreme court affirms dismissal of petition for same-sex marriage

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2020

Couples identified with the LGBT community hold a banner during a mass wedding ceremony in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 24 June 2018. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court upheld its decision to dismiss a petition seeking the legalization of same-sex marriage in the country.

In a notice sent to reporters on Monday, January 6, the Supreme Court en banc denied with finality the motion for reconsideration filed by the petitioners appealing the ruling issued in September.

“[T]he Court resolved to deny with finality the said motion for reconsideration as no substantial arguments were presented to warrant the reversal of the questioned decision,” the court said in a resolution dated December 10 but was only made public Monday.

Lawyer Jesus Falcis III and an LGBT group filed the petition asking the court to strike down as unconstitutional some of the provisions on the Family Code that limited marriage to a union between a man and a woman.

The high court in September ruled that the petition was deficient, lacked legal standing, and violated the principle of the hierarchy of courts.

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