'Be my guest!': Sotto shrugs off Supreme Court petitions vs Anti-Terror Law

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 06 2020 05:13 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III during the plenary session on May 6, 2020. Henzberg Austria, Senate PRIB

MANILA - Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Monday shrugged off the petitions questioning the constitutionality of the recently signed Anti-Terrorism Act.

At least 4 petitions challenging the anti-terror law have been filed before the high court just days after the measure that seeks to strengthen the Human Security Act of 2007 was signed.

"I do not think SC justices can be intimated by anyone or the number of petitions," Sotto, who was among the authors of the measure, said in a tweet.

"It's about content! So you are filing? Be my guest!" he said, without naming any petitioner.

He later corrected his tweet to clarify that he meant "the SC will not be INTIMIDATED."

Aside from the first 4 petitions, opposition Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan - one of only 2 senators who opposed the law's passage in the Senate - earlier said that he would also question the law's validity before the high court.

Those against the anti-terror law have been saying that the new law may be used to tag opposition members and critics as terrorists. They were also wary about the law's provision allowing detention without charges for up to 24 days.