Yes, We Won the Battle! But the War is Not Yet Over. The Supreme Court stopped the implementation of Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 today according to news sources.
This means that the TRO stops law enforcement agencies from implementing the CyberCrime Law. The SC has received a total of 15 petitions questioning several provisions of RA 10175 including the one on online libel and the real-time collection of data.
A report also from Interaksyon.com: “Sotto files, then withdraws bill abolishing libel because ‘gusto rin ni Noynoy”
I withdrew it, alam mo kung bakit, kasi gusto rin ni Noynoy (President Aquino) ang libel kaya winidraw ko, hintayin ko muna ang desisyon ng Supreme Court,”
This is already a good sign that they are listening to what we are fighting for. But, the war is not yet over, this just temporary. I do hope that law makers will carefully review the provisions and implementation of CyberCrime Law.
And for the netizens, this is also a warning to be careful in the use of online resources and social media. Be responsible also of what you are posting. Think first before you Click!