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Petition filed by the Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance

Petition filed by the Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance

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Petition filed by the Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance, the 15th petition. Petitioners are : PHILIPPINE INTERNET FREEDOM ALLIANCE, com-posed of DAKILA-PHILIPPINE COLLECTIVE FOR MODERN HEROISM, represented by Leni Velasco, PARTIDO LAKAS NG MASA, represented by Cesar S. Melencio, FRANCIS EUSTON R. ACERO, MARLON ANTHONY ROMASANTA TONSON, TEO-DORO A. CASIÑO, NOEMI LARDIZABAL-DADO, IMELDA MORALES, JAMES MATTHEW B. MIRAFLOR, JUAN G.M. RAGRAGIO, MARIA FATIMA A. VILLENA, MEDARDO M. MANRIQUE, JR., LAUREN DADO, MARCO VITTORIA TOBIAS SUMAYAO, IRENE CHIA, ERASTUS NOEL T. DELIZO, CRISTINA SARAH E. OSORIO, ROMEO FACTOLERIN, NAOMI L. TUPAS, KENNETH KENG, ANA ALEXANDRA C. CASTRO,
Petition filed by the Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance, the 15th petition. Petitioners are : PHILIPPINE INTERNET FREEDOM ALLIANCE, com-posed of DAKILA-PHILIPPINE COLLECTIVE FOR MODERN HEROISM, represented by Leni Velasco, PARTIDO LAKAS NG MASA, represented by Cesar S. Melencio, FRANCIS EUSTON R. ACERO, MARLON ANTHONY ROMASANTA TONSON, TEO-DORO A. CASIÑO, NOEMI LARDIZABAL-DADO, IMELDA MORALES, JAMES MATTHEW B. MIRAFLOR, JUAN G.M. RAGRAGIO, MARIA FATIMA A. VILLENA, MEDARDO M. MANRIQUE, JR., LAUREN DADO, MARCO VITTORIA TOBIAS SUMAYAO, IRENE CHIA, ERASTUS NOEL T. DELIZO, CRISTINA SARAH E. OSORIO, ROMEO FACTOLERIN, NAOMI L. TUPAS, KENNETH KENG, ANA ALEXANDRA C. CASTRO,

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Petition for Certiorari and Prohibitionand/or Injunction (withPrayer for Issuance of Status Quo Ante Order)
 
 Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance v.The Executive Secretary, et al.
 Page 1 of 61
 
REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
SUPREME COURT
 MANILA 
EN BANCPHILIPPINE INTERNETFREEDOM ALLIANCE,
com-posed of 
DAKILA-PHILIPPINECOLLECTIVE FOR MODERNHEROISM
, represented by Leni Velasco,
PARTIDO LAKAS NGMASA 
, represented by Cesar S.Melencio,
FRANCIS EUSTON R. ACERO
,
MARLON ANTHONY ROMASANTA TONSON,TEODORO A. CASIÑO, NOEMILARDIZABAL-DADO, IMELDA MORALES, JAMES MATTHEW B. MIRAFLOR, JUAN G.M.RAGRAGIO, MARIA FATIMA  A. VILLENA, MEDARDO M.MANRIQUE, JR., LAURENDADO, MARCO VITTORIA TOBIAS SUMAYAO, IRENECHIA, ERASTUS NOEL T.DELIZO, CRISTINA SARAH E.OSORIO, ROMEOFACTOLERIN, NAOMI L.TUPAS, KENNETH KENG, ANA ALEXANDRA C. CASTRO
,
 Petitioners
,- versus -
THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY 
,
THE SECRETARY OF JUSTICE
,
THE
 
SECRETARY OF INTERI-OR AND LOCAL GOVERN-MENT
,
THE SECRETARY OFSCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 
,
 THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE INFORMATIONTECHNOLOGY OFFICE
,
THEG.R. No. ______________
 For: Certiorari and Prohibitionand/or Injunction(with pray-er for issuance of Status Quo Ante Order)
 
 
Petition for Certiorari and Prohibitionand/or Injunction (withPrayer for Issuance of Status Quo Ante Order)
 
 Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance v.The Executive Secretary, et al.
 Page 2 of 61
 
DIRECTOR OF THE NATION- AL BUREAU OF INVESTIGA-TION
,
THE CHIEF,PHILIPPINE NATIONAL PO-LICE
,
THE HEAD OF THE DOJOFFICE OF CYBERCRIME
, and
 THE OTHER MEMBERS OFTHE CYBERCRIME INVESTI-GATION AND COORDINATINGCENTER 
,
 
 Respondents
.x----------------------------------------x
PETITION
P
ETITIONERS
,
 
BY COUNSEL
, before this Most Honorable Court, re-spectfully state:
 In the Philippines, the primacy and high esteem ac-corded freedom of expression is a fundamental postu-late of our constitutional system. This right was ele-vated to constitutional status in the 1935, the 1973and the 1987 Constitutions, reflecting our own lessonof history, both political and legal, that freedom of speech is an indispensable condition for nearly everyother form of freedom. Moreover, our history showsthat the struggle to protect the freedom of speech, ex- pression and the press was, at bottom, the struggle for the indispensable preconditions for the exercise of other freedoms. For it is only when the people haveunbridled access to information and the press that they will be capable of rendering enlightened judg-ments. In the oft-quoted words of Thomas Jefferson,we cannot both be free and ignorant.
1
 -
 
Mr. Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno,speaking for the Court
en banc
, in
Chavez v. Gonzales and National Telecommunications Commission,
G.R. No. 168338, February 15, 2008.
1
Citations omitted.
 
 
Petition for Certiorari and Prohibitionand/or Injunction (withPrayer for Issuance of Status Quo Ante Order)
 
 Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance v.The Executive Secretary, et al.
 Page 3 of 61
 
Nature of the Petition
1.
 
This is a petition for Certiorari and Prohibition under Rule 65 of the 1997 Rules of Civil Procedure which seeks to assail for beingpatently unconstitutional R.A. 10175, also known as the Cyber-crime Prevention Act of 2012.2.
 
Due to the infringement and violation of the
Petitioners’
constitu-tional rights of privacy, freedom of expression, speech, and dueprocess by the Respondents - who have acted with grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction - throughthe enactment and implementation of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, Petitioners have no other plain, speedy or adequateremedy in the ordinary course of law.3.
 
Thus, Petitioners are constrained, in order to protect their consti-tutional rights, to seek relief with the Honorable Court by filingthe instant petition under Rule 65 of the 1997 Rules of Civil Pro-cedure.
Parties
4.
 
The Petitioners are members of an alliance composed of users of the Internet. They have direct interest in this case, being directly affected by the provisions of the Cybercrime Prevention Act, andare filing suit in their individual capacities and as members of thePhilippine Internet Freedom Alliance:a. Dakila
Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, repre-sented by Leni Velaso, suing in its capacity as a formally SEC-registered, Non-government Organization with com-pany registered number CN200801612. It is agroup of art-ists, students and individuals committed to advocating so-cial consciousness formation through their DIGITAL AC-TIVISM PROGRAM that are affected with the enactmentand implementation of RA No. 10175, and whose address isat Unit 3A VS1 Building, No. 34 Kalayaan Avenue, QuezonCity. b. Partido Lakas ng Masa, a Comelec-registered national po-litical party of organized workers, farmers, urban poor, in-formal sector and youth and students, through its Chair-person Cesar S. Melencio, suing in its capacity as an inter-net user for articulation of these marginalized
sectors’
rights, campaigns and advocacies,(http://www.masa.ph/; 

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