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Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) President Domingo Egon Cayosa on Monday (Oct. 26) said he welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) to set this mid-November the schedule of the oral arguments on the petitions questioning the constitutionality of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 2020.

“The prompt action by no less than the Supreme Court is appreciated and appropriate as the ATA has become the most questioned Philippine law in recent history, its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) have been published, and actions, arrests and charges under the ATA have been made and are forthcoming,” he said in a statement.

“Considering the seriousness and importance of the constitutional issues raised against the ATA, it is best that the parties are heard forthright and the issues surrounding the much-questioned law be resolved in a timely manner,” he added.

The IBP also filed a petition before the SC last Sept. 11 and is one of the total 37 petitions so far filed questioning the constitutionality of the ATA.

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta revealed on Friday (Oct. 23) that by mid-November the SC will be able to set when the oral arguments will be held.

However, Peralta said he intends to limit the number of lawyers arguing before the SC.

“A day after the announcement by the Chief Justice, IBP facilitated a meeting among the 37 petitioners for coordination and orderly presentation of the issues and arguments. We are grateful for the cooperation of the parties and their lawyers,” Cayosa said.

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