Some lawmakers hopeful there is enough time to amend cyberlaw


Rep. Raymond Palatino. Photo taken from

MANILA, Philippines– As the Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order on the Cybercrime Prevention Act, some lawmakers are hopeful that four months will be enough time for Congress to amend the much disputed provisions in the said law.

Kabataan Rep. Raymond Palatino said that Congress should take the 120-day TRO as its “cue” to expedite the approval of repealing or amendatory bills to the cybercrime law.

“There is material time to amend the law. What is needed is support of congress leadership,” said Palatino.

“It’s possible if certified by the President as urgent, or if the House leadership considers it a priority measure,” said ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio.

Quezon Rep. Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada III said that there should be enough time if both chambers act on it immediately.

Tañada, however, noted that the proposed changes might not be necessary if the magistrates act on the public complaints on their own. “There is a possibility that those particular sections that are being questioned may be declared unconstitutional by the SC. Hence, amendment may not be necessary,” he said.

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  • Mamang Pulis

    yan sige–sulong bata! sermunan mo yun mga tiguwang sa pagkakamali nila!  sa lagay ba naman porke’t senior laging tama?

  • opinyonlangpo

    Palatino . . . . the one who can not stand by his own advocacy, its too soon to forget. An article with his picture or name is not even worth reading.

  • sugbu

    Tanada nagiging trouble shooter ka yata dyan….Ibinasura naman nila dahil daw hindi senatoreable !

  • pepengkabayo

    This Palatino is like a plate with no food. But is always served.
    He’s picture always appear in any news but nothing significant to say.
    Mabuti pa ang babasagin plato, pwedeng ibato.

  • Wc Louis

    si palatino talaga oo angal ng angal gayong sumang-ayon naman sa bill na iyan…di daw niya natatandaang bumoto siya pabor rito…………..pero di rin siya komontra…hahahaha

  • Harry

    Can we call that law to be constitutional when it contains sections that are declared to be unconstitutional? Tanada may have a special name for such laws.

  • $14334231

    one of our freedoms is being demolished… don’t want to get criticized, don’t run for any elective office…..pork barrel lang naman ang habol n’yo, eh….saka pala power…..

  • disqusted0fu

    if there’s not enough time to amend it, then completely abolish it. thats quicker

  • Fred

    Ok, game, magbangong puri kayo!
    Kaya lang, may lamat na kayo sa mga botante.

  • Cal_Reznick

    You would like to believe that 4 months is more than enough time. But strictly basing off of track record, who knows if this will get done in time. More often than not, the country has seen the government move in a snail pace.

  • Jon

    Why amend it when the law was patently made to be oppressive of the right to free speech?
    Junk the law; and along with it, the lawmakers and the government behind it.

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