Sotto says nothing is unconstitutional in anti-terror law, believes SC will strike down petitions

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Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III is not bothered by the several petitions filed before the Supreme Court challenging the anti-terrorism law.

Sotto on Monday stressed that there was “nothing unconstitutional” with Republic Act No. 11479, noting that lawmakers have consulted with various experts and constitutionalists in its drafting process.

“I know for a fact that there’s nothing unconstitutional in the law,” Sotto said in an interview with CNN Philippines’ The Source.

Despite the number of cases questioning its constitutionality, Sotto is confident that the high court will not strike down the law.

“As a matter of fact, the law is flooded with safeguards. That’s why I’m very confident that the Supreme Court will not strike it down,” he added.

A total of 10 petitions have been lodged against the controversial measure.

Sotto has consistently shrugged off concerns about the law, noting that these criticisms may have been the result of “misinformation” stemming from social media.

“I think the main cause of this dissent is because of misinformation. There are a number of issues that I’ve seen on social media that are not in the law; most of what they’re saying is not in the law,” he said.

The anti-terrorism law formally took effect on Saturday, or 15 days after its publication on July 3. Its IRR, however, is still being finalized by the council, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. earlier said.