Jan 18, 2021 @ 17:58

Roque denies OSG delaying oral arguments on Anti-Terrorism Law

Harry Roque is giving his fellow abogado Jose Calida the benefit of the doubt when he asked the Supreme Court to postpone the scheduled oral arguments regarding the controversial Anti-Terrorism Law.

The Office of the Solicitor General last week sought to postpone this week’s scheduled defense of the measure against more than 30 oppositors, saying that an Assistant Solicitor General and office staff tested positive for COVID-19.

“Sa panahon po ng pandemya, wala pong magsisinungaling na sila ay nagkaroon ng close exposure or sila ay nagka-COVID. Morbid naman po kayo kung magsisinungaling kayo sa mga ganiyan. Tingin ko po, we should accord the Office of the Solicitor General the presumption of good faith and regularity of discharge of functions,” Roque said in his Monday briefing, denying that it was a delaying tactic on the part of government.

“Sa panahon po ngayon, hindi dapat ‘joke only’ lang ang pagkakaroon ng COVID,” he added.

The oral arguments have been moved to February 2.

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