MANILA MalacaAang on Monday lauded the accession of the Philippines to a cybercrime convention as part of efforts to fight crimes on the internet.
The Philippines joined 56 other countries on the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime after the Senate on Feb. 19 concurred on the accession.
President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed the accession last December 2016.
The Philippines will now be a party on the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime along with 56 other countries, Roque said in a Palace briefing.
Roque described this development as a landmark to help the country combat crimes committed on the internet.
With the landmark signing of this convention, the Philippines can now squarely address the issues brought about by Cybercrime at both the domestic and international levels including its facilitation, investigation and prosecution, Roque said.
Last week, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II expressed gratitude to both Duterte and the Senate for the country's move to join international efforts to combat cybercrime.
Aguirre said that the accession to the convention will level the playing field between the Philippines and foreign counterparts in pursuing a common criminal policy aimed at the protection of society against cybercrimes.
The Budapest Convention provides the needed mechanisms for the eradication of cybercrimes by facilitating their detection, investigation, and prosecution at both the domestic and international levels, and by providing arrangements for rapid and reliable international cooperation.
One of the main features of the convention is the establishment of central authorities which will enable state-parties to ensure the provision of immediate assistance for investigation and prosecution of cybercrime and/or cyber-related cases, or for the collection of electronic evidence which may be situated anywhere in the world.
Source: Philippine News Agency