Ping: NTC’s blocking of websites has ‘legal basis’ but ‘may be challenged’

Senator Ping Lacson on Thursday said the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)’s move to block websites allegedly affiliated with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) or its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), had legal basis under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

The NTC, however, included progressive news websites on its list.

“If the blocked websites had to do with financing the activities of the CPP-NPA which the Anti-Terrorism Council had already designated as a terrorist organization, there is legal basis under the law for such action undertaken by the NTC,” Lacson said.

But the senator said the affected websites had legal recourse to appeal the NTC’s act.

“That being said, the action may be challenged before the court because it is the basic right of an ‘aggrieved’ party to do so as it has something to do with the interpretation of the law,” Lacson said.

Lacson is one of the main proponents and defenders of the anti-terrorism law.

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