As legality of Cybercrime Law hangs, PNP forms anti-cybercrime unit

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The Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG), a new national support unit of the PNP, will receive and act on complaints on Internet-related crimes such as credit card fraud, Internet scams, or even sex scandals uploaded via social media. PNP chief Alan Purisima said the anti-cybercrime will serve as the primary unit responsible for the implementation of pertinent laws on cybercrimes. ?Its creation also highlights the PNP?s goal of having a centralized body that is dedicated in handling cybercrimes to enhance the overall efficiency of the PNP to solve and prevent criminality,? he added. However, the country?s main cybercrime legislation ? the controversial RA 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 ? has been suspended indefinitely by the SC as the high court deliberates on its legality. Under RA 10175, the ACG will also be a part of the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center, an inter-agency body under the administrative supervision of the Office of the President, for policy coordination among concerned agencies and for the formulation and enforcement of the national cyber security plan. PNP spokesman Generoso Cerbo Jr. said the newly created ACG is an updated version of a division that was previously under the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group. Cerbo pointed out, however, that the formation of the unit does not necessarily mean cybercrime offenses are on the upswing, but is merely a proactive move meant to confront the threat of online crimes. The PNP spokesman said ACG will be comprised of experienced personnel led by Senior Superintendent Gilbert Sosa. As commander of the ACG, Sosa will have the rank equivalent to other PNP unit such as the Anti-Kidnapping Group, the Highway Patrol Group and the Maritime Group. — Lloyd Caliwan, PNA ]]>

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