PPI calls for review of cybercrime ruling

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Monday, February 24, 2014


THE Philippine Press Institute (PPI) chair showed his support for the motions for reconsideration set to be filed by 15 petitioners who are urging the Supreme Court (SC) to review their ruling on the Republic Act (RA) 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

Former Mindanao Development Council Secretary Jesus G. Dureza who chairs the PPI, in an e-mailed statement to Sun.Star Davao, said: "We welcome and throw our full support behind the filing of a motion for reconsideration to enable the Supreme Court to take a second at its ruling."

Dureza also said that apart from the filing the motions for reconsideration before the higher court, groups opposing RA 10175 may also "seek relief from the unconscionable provisions and Jurassic penal sanctions of the new law" by filing a separate motion before the congress.

"Let us all unite and support the move in congress to decriminalize libel and remove the penal sanctions in all statute books that impinge on our inalienable freedom of the press and freedom of expression," Dureza added.

But while Dureza expressed his support for the filing of the motions before SC and the congress, various media groups including the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) are set to hold the Black Tuesday protest today.

The Black Tuesday protest will not only be a protest against the RA10175 but will also serve as a commemoration of the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 25, 2014.

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