Ateneo Law School issues statement on the Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020

June 12, 2020
AN INDEPENDENCE DAY STATEMENT ON THE ANTI-TERRORISM LAW OF 2020
 
We, the undersigned, register our opposition to the bill embodying the Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020. 
 
We believe that the Anti-Terrorism Law contains unconstitutional provisions such as those that:
 
grant the Anti-Terrorism Council, a body composed exclusively of members of the Executive Branch, the unilateral power to designate any person as a terrorist in order to facilitate that person’s arrest, and to even order the warrantless arrests of persons so designated even if no charges have been filed, and to cause their detention for 14 to 24 days. These provisions of the Anti-Terror Law transgress upon the rights to due process and to be secure from unreasonable searches and seizures protected under Article III Sections 1 and 2 of the Constitution. Further, the grant of these powers to the Anti-Terrorism Council violates the principle of separation of powers embodied in the Constitution, as it effectively allows the Anti-Terrorism Council to circumvent the issuance of warrants of arrest that are the exclusive prerogative of the Judiciary.
 
define “terrorism” in a manner that is expansive, vague, and prone to abuse, and also criminalizes new speech-based crimes such as “inciting to commit terrorism” and “proposal to commit terrorism” whose definitions are likewise unclear and sweeping. These provisions degrade the freedom of expression protected by Article III, Section 4 of the Constitution.
 
We recognize the interest of the state to ensure domestic peace and order and the defeat of terrorism. However, we also recognize that existing laws and policies already grant the government extensive powers to deal with these issues, without the need for a law that raises serious concerns for abuse and which, on its face, contravenes the Constitution. 
 
OUR CALL, AND OUR COMMITMENT
 
We call on President Rodrigo Duterte to honor his oath to preserve and defend the Constitution and, as the Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020 suffers from serious unconstitutionality, to veto the Anti-Terrorism Law.
 
We call on our alumni in government to work to ensure that the best interests of their constituents and the nation are represented and protected, consistent with the Ignatian values of our Ateneo Law School. 
 
We call on the Filipino people to remember that “sovereignty resides in the people and that all government authority emanates from them” and that the freedom we celebrate today was won through the sacrifice and heroism of countless Filipinos in the face of oppression and dictatorship.
 
This is our commitment: We at the Ateneo Law School shall continue to teach our students to know the law, the supremacy of the Constitution, and their rightful application, to critically engage with issues, to understand that activism is not terrorism, and to never forget that their first duty as future lawyers will be to serve the Filipino people in defending the Constitution and upholding the rule of law.  
 
Concerned Members of the Faculty of the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law 
12 June 2020
122nd Anniversary of Philippine Independence
 
Jose Maria G. Hofileña
Antonio La Viña
Mel Sta. Maria Patricia Sta. Maria
Maria Patricia Cervantes-Poco
Mandy Anderson
Kenjie Aman Theodore Te
Fr. Sigmund de Guzman SJ Jose Cochingyan III
Jay Patrick Santiago
Francis Tom Temprosa
Kathyrn Zarate Mary Claure Demaisip
Amparita Sta. Maria Evecar Cruz
Paula Estrella Carlos Baniqued
Maia Unico
George Carmona
Tanya Karina Lat
Terence Conrad Bello
Ignatius Michael Ingles
Ricardo Pilares III
Eugene Kaw Lily Gruba
Miguel Victor dela Fuente Maita Chan-Gonzaga
Erdelyn Go Felicisimo Agas III
Ferdinand Negre
Richie Avigale Pilares
Filemon Ray Javier
John Regalado
Gregorio Rafael Bueta Ryan Jeremiah Quan
Rico Domingo Dianna Wilwayco
Hector Hofileña Klarise Anne Estorninos-Cajucom
George Aquino
Carlo Cruz
Howard Calleja
Oscar Carlo Cajucom
Joaquin Obieta Marlon Manuel
Ma. Araceli Habaradas Ray Paolo Santiago
Cyril del Callar Rowena Soriano
Ma. Caridad Gonzales
Serafin Salvador, Jr.
Crisostomo Uribe
Aris Gulapa
Vigor Mendoza
Mark Enojo
Jorge Alfonso Melo
Kirsten Jeanette Yap
Ramon Miguel Cayco Samson
Dan Kevin Mandocdoc
Benjamin Lerma Ramon Ereñeta
Jess Raymund Lopez
Joy Casis
Mae Divinagracia  
Teresa Villanueva-Tiansay  
Roy-Joseph Rafols  
Candice Christine Tongco-Cruz  
Axel Rupert Cruz
 
Dante Miguel Cadiz
 
Siegfried Mison  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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  • Ateneo Law School issues statement on the Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020
    Friday, June 12, 2020
    AN INDEPENDENCE DAY STATEMENT ON THE ANTI-TERRORISM LAW OF 2020
     
    We, the undersigned, register our opposition to the bill embodying the Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020. 
     
    We believe that the Anti-Terrorism Law contains unconstitutional provisions such as those that:
     
    grant the Anti-Terrorism Council, a body composed exclusively of members of the Executive Branch, the unilateral power to designate any person as a terrorist in order to facilitate that person’s arrest, and to even order the warrantless arrests of persons so designated even if no charges have been filed, and to cause their detention for 14 to 24 days. These provisions of the Anti-Terror Law transgress upon the rights to due process and to be secure from unreasonable searches and seizures protected under Article III Sections 1 and 2 of the Constitution. Further, the grant of these powers to the Anti-Terrorism Council violates the principle of separation of powers embodied in the Constitution, as it effectively allows the Anti-Terrorism Council to circumvent the issuance of warrants of arrest that are the exclusive prerogative of the Judiciary.
     
    define “terrorism” in a manner that is expansive, vague, and prone to abuse, and also criminalizes new speech-based crimes such as “inciting to commit terrorism” and “proposal to commit terrorism” whose definitions are likewise unclear and sweeping. These provisions degrade the freedom of expression protected by Article III, Section 4 of the Constitution.
     
    We recognize the interest of the state to ensure domestic peace and order and the defeat of terrorism. However, we also recognize that existing laws and policies already grant the government extensive powers to deal with these issues, without the need for a law that raises serious concerns for abuse and which, on its face, contravenes the Constitution. 
     
    OUR CALL, AND OUR COMMITMENT
     
    We call on President Rodrigo Duterte to honor his oath to preserve and defend the Constitution and, as the Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020 suffers from serious unconstitutionality, to veto the Anti-Terrorism Law.
     
    We call on our alumni in government to work to ensure that the best interests of their constituents and the nation are represented and protected, consistent with the Ignatian values of our Ateneo Law School. 
     
    We call on the Filipino people to remember that “sovereignty resides in the people and that all government authority emanates from them” and that the freedom we celebrate today was won through the sacrifice and heroism of countless Filipinos in the face of oppression and dictatorship.
     
    This is our commitment: We at the Ateneo Law School shall continue to teach our students to know the law, the supremacy of the Constitution, and their rightful application, to critically engage with issues, to understand that activism is not terrorism, and to never forget that their first duty as future lawyers will be to serve the Filipino people in defending the Constitution and upholding the rule of law.  
     
    Concerned Members of the Faculty of the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law 
    12 June 2020
    122nd Anniversary of Philippine Independence
     
    Jose Maria G. Hofileña
    Antonio La Viña
    Mel Sta. Maria Patricia Sta. Maria
    Maria Patricia Cervantes-Poco
    Mandy Anderson
    Kenjie Aman Theodore Te
    Fr. Sigmund de Guzman SJ Jose Cochingyan III
    Jay Patrick Santiago
    Francis Tom Temprosa
    Kathyrn Zarate Mary Claure Demaisip
    Amparita Sta. Maria Evecar Cruz
    Paula Estrella Carlos Baniqued
    Maia Unico
    George Carmona
    Tanya Karina Lat
    Terence Conrad Bello
    Ignatius Michael Ingles
    Ricardo Pilares III
    Eugene Kaw Lily Gruba
    Miguel Victor dela Fuente Maita Chan-Gonzaga
    Erdelyn Go Felicisimo Agas III
    Ferdinand Negre
    Richie Avigale Pilares
    Filemon Ray Javier
    John Regalado
    Gregorio Rafael Bueta Ryan Jeremiah Quan
    Rico Domingo Dianna Wilwayco
    Hector Hofileña Klarise Anne Estorninos-Cajucom
    George Aquino
    Carlo Cruz
    Howard Calleja
    Oscar Carlo Cajucom
    Joaquin Obieta Marlon Manuel
    Ma. Araceli Habaradas Ray Paolo Santiago
    Cyril del Callar Rowena Soriano
    Ma. Caridad Gonzales
    Serafin Salvador, Jr.
    Crisostomo Uribe
    Aris Gulapa
    Vigor Mendoza
    Mark Enojo
    Jorge Alfonso Melo
    Kirsten Jeanette Yap
    Ramon Miguel Cayco Samson
    Dan Kevin Mandocdoc
    Benjamin Lerma Ramon Ereñeta
    Jess Raymund Lopez
    Joy Casis
    Mae Divinagracia  
    Teresa Villanueva-Tiansay  
    Roy-Joseph Rafols  
    Candice Christine Tongco-Cruz  
    Axel Rupert Cruz
     
    Dante Miguel Cadiz
     
    Siegfried Mison