By Prince Golez
Those challenging the constitutionality of the country’s anti-terror law may do so before the Supreme Court, Malacañang said.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the comment after National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) president Edre Olalia said the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) was “the blindsided way to cure by way of afterthought a defective and unconstitutional law ab initio.”
The IRR, according to Olalia, contains “worrying” provisions that supply, extend, enlarge and even add to the provisions of the law without statutory basis.
“We disagree. Pero kung talagang nanindigan ang NUPL welcome naman po sila magsampa ng kaso sa Korte Suprema kung gusto nila,” said Roque.
Under the ATA IRR, the Anti-Terrorism Council, appointed by the President, will publish a list of individuals and groups it designates as “terrorists.”
The law likewise allows the detention of a terrorism suspect for a maximum of 24 days without charges.