Petitioners all set for oral arguments on Anti-Terror Law

Marje Pelayo   •   February 1, 2021   •   370

MANILA, Philippines — The oral arguments of the petitioners against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 are set to commence on Tuesday (February 2).

Among those expected to appear before the Supreme Court (SC) are former Solicitor General Jose Anselmo Cadiz, former Bayan Muna Party-list Representative Neri Colmenares, Human Rights Lawyer Chel Diokno, and four other personalities.

Solicitor General Jose Calida, as representative of the government, will have with him at least three legal counsels in the oral arguments.

Last Friday (January 29), the petitioners held a send-off of their legal counsels in the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, underscoring that the law should be scrapped.

Among the provisions that they oppose include the vague definition of the word terrorism which could lead to authorities abusing the ordinary citizens particularly those critical of the government.

Another provision is the warrantless arrest and detention of up to 24 days even in the absence of a case in court.

“Pero klaro ang terror law gusto kong ilinaw sa lamang ito sa paraan ni President Duterte na na makitil ang ating karapatan, isa lamang ito sa kanyang mga tools para gamitin laban sa atin,” said Colmenares.

Meanwhile, the government maintains that the law has safeguards to protect the human rights of the people which includes the freedom to post information on social media.

“It depends on the context and the intent of the one that posted it. Meaning it will be taken in its holistic approach, it depends on the evidence merun pang sinasabing inciting, threat, proposal,” said Justice Angie Miranda of the Office of the Solicitor General.

The law provides penalties to any person in authority like the soldiers and police who will be proven of abusing their power. -MNP (with reports from Dante Amento)

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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