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9th petition vs. Anti-Terror Law filed before SC

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Another petition was filed on Thursday (July 16) before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to declare as unconstitutional many of the provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Law.

The petition was filed by labor groups the Federation of Free Workers, Nagkaisa Labor Coalition, Church Labor Conference, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Uni Global Union-Philippine Liaison Council, and the Kilusang Artikulo Trese.

In their petition, they challenged, in particular, Sections 4,5,6,9, 10, 11, 25 and 29 of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

With this, the petitioners asked the SC to issue a writ of preliminary injunction that would stop the government from implementing these provisions.

“While petitioners recognize the efforts of those who sincerely keep our people safe, they strongly oppose the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 (otherwise known as Republic Act 11479), in its present form, which carelessly runs contrary, disobedient, or is repugnant to the Constitution,” read the petition.

“Their greatest concern is that the unrestrained power given to the executive department by the assailed law would be an instrument to terrorize the ordinary citizens who are not terrorists — or be used to aggravate the situation of those who are already victims of terrorism,” it pointed out.

The petition is the ninth to be filed before the SC challenging the Anti-Terrorism Law.

The petitions other eight petitions are from former Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) chief Rudolf Philip Jurado; the group of Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) and the Pro-Labor Legal Assistance Center (PLACE); the group led by lawyer and member of the Constitutional Commission Christian Monsod; Sanlakas; a group of lawyers led by Ateneo and La Salle law professor Howard Calleja; Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman; Makabayan bloc of Congress led by Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate; and a group of law professors from the Far Eastern University (FEU).

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