Malacanang will abide by SC ruling on anti-terrorism law petitions

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The Palace said it will abide by whatever decision the Supreme Court may arrive at with regards to petitions questioning the newly-enacted Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020.

“The Palace will leave it to the SC (Supreme Court) to decide on these petitions and will abide by whatever the ruling is,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement on Sunday.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday signed RA 11479, or the Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020, despite objections from various groups, including the United Nations human rights body and the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA).

Following the enactment of the law, a group led by Ateneo and La Salle law professor and lecturer Howard Calleja filed a petition before the High Court challenging the constitutionality of the act.

The group described the controversial law as “oppressive and inconsistent with our Constitution.”

Likewise, the petitioners said they will proceed to the Supreme Court on Monday to physically file the petition and make a complete copy of the petition available.

In Dobol B sa News TV interview earlier in the day, Senator Francis Pangilinan also said he is preparing a petition to question the law before the high tribunal, particularly its provision on warrantless arrest that threatens to trample on the bill of rights.

National Security Adviser Secretary Hermogenes Esperon Jr., in an interview on  Dobol B sa News TV, said anyone can exercise the right to file a petition against the new anti-terrorism law before the Supreme Court.

But Esperon said their legal team is ready to answer the issues being raised in the petitions.

Likesiwe, he said that the National Security Council (NSC) and the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) are open to recommendations from lawmakers, as the two councils buckle down to formulate the new law’s implementing rules and regulations (IRR).

Muntinlupa City Representative Ruffy Biazon on Sunday said he and some of his fellow congressmen will come up with recommendations for the IRR, to address public fears stemming from to the controversial law.

The Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020 will take effect 15 days after its complete publication on the Official Gazette or in at least two newspapers of general circulation./Stacy Ang

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