Feb 22, 2021 @ 16:43

Source: Supreme Court justice tests positive for COVID-19

A positive COVID-19 test in one of the justices has prompted the Supreme Court to move the 4th round of oral arguments on petitions against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 to next week.

This was revealed by a high court source who spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authority to speak.

While the justice, the source continued, has already recovered from COVID-19, some of the justices have still opted to go on self-quarantine.

The SC on Monday announced the postponement of the oral arguments from its original schedule tomorrow to March 2, 2021.

In a notice signed by clerk of court Edgar Aricheta, the SC disclosed that the oral arguments was cancelled “considering that some of the justices are on self-quarantine.”

“Considering that some of the justices are on self-quarantine as a health precaution for COVID-19, you are hereby informed, as per instruction by the Honorable Supreme Court, of the suspension of oral arguments scheduled on February 23, 2021.”

“The oral arguments will resume on March 2, 2021 at 2:30 pm,” the notice read.

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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