Feb 10, 2021 @ 15:54
Pending case vs 2 Aetas led to dismissal of their anti-terror law petition
The Supreme Court thumbed down the petition-in-intervention filed by two arrested Aetas on the ground that a case involving their arrest is now pending before regular courts.
“Just conferred with Chief Justice (Diosdado) Peralta. The reason for the denial of the petition in intervention by the SC is because there is already a pending case before the trial court,” SC Public Information Office chief Brian Keith Hosaka said in a Viber message to reporters.
Japer Gurong and Junior Ramos have been charged before the Olongapo City regional trial court for violation of Section 4 of Republic Act 11479 (Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020).
Represented by the National Union of People’s Lawyers, Gurong and Ramos filed a petition-in-intervention asking the SC to declare the hugely-controversial legislation unconstitutional.
They were nabbed on accusations linking them to communist New People’s Army. They were arrested while descending from a mountain in Sitio Lumibao, Barangay Buhawen, San Marcelino, Zambales where an encounter between the military and rebels had just transpired.
President Duterte signed a stricter anti-terrorism bill, condemned by critics and rights groups as a weapon to target opponents and stifle free speech.
Duterte has defended the law, saying law-abiding citizens should not fear as it targets terrorists including communist insurgents.#