SC upholds ‘Anti-Terror’ Law
The Supreme Court (SC) has ruled with finality that the Human Security Act of 2007, also known as Republic Act No. 9372, does not violate the Philippine Constitution.
In a two-page resolution, the SC en banc effectively dismissed the various petitions of caused-oriented groups seeking the reversal of its Oct. 5, 2010 ruling which earlier declared the constitutionality of the Human Security Act.
In dismissing the petitions filed by the Southern Hemisphere Engagement Network Inc., Bagong Alyansang Makabayan et al, Karapatan et al, Integrated Bar of the Philippines et al, and Bayan Southern Tagalog, the SC stressed that the groups failed to raise new arguments in their motion to call for a reconsideration.
“The Court resolved to deny with finality the said motion for reconsideration, as the basic issues raised therein have been passed upon by this Court and no substantial arguments nor compelling reasons were presented to warrant the reversal of the questioned decision,” it ruled out.
“No further pleadings or motions will be entertained. Let entry of judgment be made in due course,” the SC added.
In its Oct. 5, 2010 ruling, the SC ruled that the petitioners had no legal standing to assail Republic Act 9372 since “none of them faces any charge” of violating the said law.
The above-mentioned groups earlier asserted their legal standing to file the suit on the basis of being suspected “communist fronts” by the government, while individual petitioners invoked the “transcendental importance” doctrine and their status as citizens and taxpayers.
The SC, while acknowledging that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the New People’s Army (NPA) and the Abu Sayyaf Group have been classified by the United States and the European Union as foreign terrorist organizations, no case has yet been filed before any court declaring the above-mentioned organizations as domestic terrorist groups.
It also pointed out that since the implementation of the law in 2007, the petitioners “have conducted their activities fully and freely without any threat of, much less an actual prosecution or proscription under Republic Act 9372.”
The SC added that the mere invocation of the petitioners that the issues raised are of transcendental importance is not enough for it to rule on the petition. PNA