Court again blocks Philippines cybercrime law
MANILA (AFP) - The Philippine Supreme Court has again stopped the government from enforcing a controversial cybercrime law, officials said on Tuesday, amid concern it would severely curb Internet freedoms.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said a fresh "temporary restraining order" (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court meant the law passed last year could not take effect.
"We submit to the court's discretion and respect such decision to extend the TRO," she told AFP in a text message. "It's not a total defeat. It's just a TRO pending determination of the merits of the petitions."
President Benigno Aquino signed the law in September last year, amid huge online protests, to stamp out cybercrimes such as fraud, identity theft, spamming and child pornography.