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SC oral arguments on anti-terror law rescheduled on Feb. 2


SC oral arguments on anti-terror law rescheduled on Feb. 2

The Supreme Court of the Philippines (PIA file)

CALOOCAN CITY, Jan. 16 (PIA) — The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday has rescheduled to Feb. 2 the oral arguments on the suits questioning the legality of Republic Act 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 2020.

This, after personnel from the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) tested positive for COVID-19.

“Considering the meritorious request of Solicitor General Jose Calida that his Assistant Solicitor General and some staff who will attend the oral arguments have been tested positive for COVID 19,” SC Clerk of Court Edgar O. Aricheta in a notice sent to concerned parties.

The SC originally scheduled on Jan. 19 the oral arguments for the ATA.

As part of its preparation, the high court issued strict health protocol ground rules including limiting media personnel to be allowed to stay at the ground floor lobby where a TV monitor will be set up.

Media, however, were told to record the proceedings through the monitor for purposes only of a later broadcast and the proceedings may not be aired live, SC spokesperson Brian Keith Hosaka said.

Reporters covering the event are also required to submit a negative swab test result taken at least 72 hours before the oral arguments.

The ATA repeals Republic Act 9372 or the Human Security Act of 2007.

The ATA is the most recent effort by the government to address the issue of terrorism and all allied activities, while at the same time ensuring the protection of civil and political rights.

In the preparation of the implementing rules and regulations, the Anti-Terrorism Council earlier revisited the Constitution, prevailing laws, other implementing rules and regulations, jurispridence, even the Rules of Court. This is to ensure that executive prerogatives are tempered by the Constitution, prevailing law, and jurisprudence and, if necessary, by available judicial remedies.

Part of its provisions include the detention of suspected terrorists for up to 24 days with no warrant of arrest. It also allows the police or the military to conduct 60-day surveillance with an allowable 30-day extension on suspected terrorists.

The law, likewise, imposes a 12-year jail term on a person who voluntarily or knowingly joins a terrorist organization. (PIA NCR)


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