Philippine Supreme Court Declares Parts of Anti-Terror Law to be Unconstitutional

The Philippine Supreme Court has declared two portions of the Republic Act 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act unconstitutional.

The high court’s justices struck down a part of Section 4 of the Anti-Terrorism Law for “being overbroad and violative of freedom of expression” and the second part of Section 25 on designations. 

The Supreme Court upheld all other portions of the Anti-Terrorism Act challenged by the petitioners.

On Thursday, Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) member Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said the portions declared as unconstitutional are “minimal.”

“It won’t affect at all the (Anti-Terrorism Act). We’ll make appropriate adjustments, but [we’ll] strictly implement [the] Anti Terrorism Law,” Año said.

Meanwhile, acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles said they would wait for the copy of the high court’s decision, and then the Office of the Executive Secretary will study the ruling and, in “consultation with the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), consider the next course of action.” 

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