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.