De Lima’s reasons in seeking remedy from SC over arrest not good enough – Justices

admin   •   March 22, 2017   •   3415

FILE PHOTO: Senator Leila de Lima

FILE PHOTO: Senator Leila de Lima

The Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 21, resumed hearing the oral arguments on Senator Leila de Lima’s petition.

De Lima is seeking remedy with the high court over her arrest and detention for illegal drug trading.

Justices want compelling reasons for them to decide the petition since it violated the hierarchy of courts.

De Lima has been insisting that the DOJ and the RTC has no jurisdiction over her case.

“I have some grave concerns about the undue haste. You came to this court compelling us to make a pronouncement on the issue of jurisdiction,” said Associate Justice Noel Tijam.

Justice Diosdado Peralta said De Lima should have let the RTC decide her motions first before coming to the high court.

The [Muntinlupa Regional Trial] Court decided with undue haste, to issue a warrant of arrest, what do you expect, your honor, the petitioner to do?” replied De Lima’s legal counsel, Atty. Florin Hilbay.

“That could have been good basis of coming here because they denied all her motions. The problem is, she [De Lima] was always speculating. She should have availed of the remedies and all of these denied, because they are biased. Come here and we will listen,” said Associate Justice Peralta.

While it would seem that Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio agrees that the Sandiganbayan should handle De Lima’s case, he is not satisfied with the reasons why the senator bypassed the trial court.

“I want some more, I want special and important reasons why you have come here in violation of the hierarchy of courts. You’re alleging exceptions so you better come out with very good reasons,” he said.

The justices also agree that De Lima should have first sought remedy over with the trial court before bringing the issue before them.

The SC will resume the oral arguments next Tuesday to hear the side of the government. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

Supreme Court: Oral arguments on anti-terror act to resume April 27

Robie de Guzman   •   April 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The oral arguments on petitions questioning the legality of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 will resume on April 27, the Supreme Court (SC) said.

In an advisory, the SC said the next oral arguments would be held via videoconferencing “given the current public health situation.”

“Oral arguments shall resume on April 27, 2021, at 2:30 p.m. which, per prior order, is two weeks after the lifting of enhanced community quarantine in the National Capital Judicial Region,” the SC said.

“This arrangement shall be pro hac vice [for this occasion only] vis-à-vis these consolidated cases. Personal appearance before the Court En Banc remains to e the primary mode of conducting oral arguments,” it added.

The proceedings will be streamed online but will only be limited to an audio feed, the high court said.

The oral arguments on the 37 petitions lodged against the measure were put on hold since last month due to the spike of infections and other COVID-19 concerns.

Next oral argument on anti-terror act to be held via videoconferencing, Supreme Court says

Robie de Guzman   •   April 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday said that the next oral arguments on petitions questioning the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 will be held virtually.

The SC Clerk of Court said the continuation of oral arguments will be conducted through videoconferencing with live audio streaming made available to the public.

“The technical details and the rules for the videoconferenced oral arguments pro hac vice shall be promulgated as soon as the Court En Banc is able to convene,” it said.

The Supreme Court earlier said that oral arguments on the anti-terror act will resume two weeks after the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine being enforced in Metro Manila and four nearby provinces.

Metro Manila and the provinces of Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna, and Rizal – collectively called NCR Plus – were initially placed under ECQ from March 29 to April 4 in a bid to curb the rise in COVID-19 cases.

The national government later extended the ECQ period to April 11.

The high court last held oral arguments session on March 2.

It previously suspended scheduled oral arguments on the anti-terrorism act due to COVID-related concerns.

The next session of proceedings will be presided by newly installed Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo.

SC to resume oral arguments on anti-terror act to 2 weeks after ECQ is lifted in NCR+

Robie de Guzman   •   April 5, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — Oral arguments on petitions seeking to nullify the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 will resume two weeks after the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is lifted in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus, the Supreme Court (SC) said Monday.

In an advisory, the SC Public Information Office said the oral arguments scheduled for April 6, Tuesday will be postponed.

“Oral Arguments on the consolidated cases in G.R. No. 252578, et al. questioning The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 (R.A. 11479) scheduled for tomorrow (April 6, 2021) is postponed and will resume two weeks after the ECQ is lifted in the NCR,” it said.

The Supreme Court last held oral arguments session on March 2.

This is the fifth time that the high court moved the oral arguments on the controversial law.

On March 8, the high court suspended the oral arguments on the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 after some justices went on self-isolation as a precaution against the viral disease.

The proceedings were supposed to resume on March 16 but were moved again to March 23 due to COVID-related concerns.

The NCR and four nearby provinces of Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna, and Rizal – collectively called NCR Plus – were initially placed under ECQ from March 29 to April 4 in a bid to curb the rise in COVID-19 cases.

The national government later extended the ECQ period to April 11.

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