The Anti-Terrorism Act’s implementing rules and regulations (IRR) took into consideration the petitions questioning the law before the Supreme Court (SC), assured Justice Undersecretary Adrian Sugay said on Saturday (Oct. 17).
“We took those into consideration,” he said.
The IRR was published in newspapers on Saturday and registered with the Office of the National Administrative Register (ONAR) on Friday (Oct. 16).
On the other hand, Sugay said the IRR is not meant to appease the law’s critics but to “implement the law.”
“We cannot go beyond what the law says,” Sugay said.
However, if the SC finds something wrong with the law, Sugay said “wala kaming magagawa.”
“We were working on the presumption na valid yang batas na yan,” he explained concerning the crafting of the IRR.
The undersecretary believes that the Anti-Terrorism Law is not in conflict with the Constitution and other existing laws.
“Sa amin yang batas na yan joins a whole system of laws that are already in place and judicial decisions, jurisprudence,” Sugay stated.
“So you cannot interpret the law to us as far as we are concerned in isolation or in a vacuum,” he added.