Feb 21, 2021 @ 13:43

SC to resume anti-terror oral args; Calida expected to make ‘long-awaited’ appearance

The Supreme Court will resume the 4th round of oral arguments this Tuesday, February 23 – where Solicitor General Jose Calida is expected to make his ‘long-awaited’ public appearance – into several petitions questioning the constitutionality of the hugely-controversial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

“We expect the time of the petitioners will end this Tuesday,” Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta told reporters.

Last Wednesday, the high court has been asked for the nth time to issue a temporary restraining order halting the implementation of the legislation which President Duterte signed last July 3.

A total of 37 petitions have been filed before the high court challenging the constitutionality, in whole or in part, of Republic Act No 11479.

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. #

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