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The Supreme Court (SC) has been lauded on Friday (Nov. 20) for finally setting this January the oral arguments on the petitions against the Anti-Terrorism Law.

“We are glad that finally the SC has set the (physical) oral arguments and distilled the major issues involved,” said one of the petitioners, National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) president Edre Olalia, in a statement.

“We look forward to a transparent, dynamic and exhaustive legal interchange and hope that the unprecedented number of petitions and diverse petitioners that have met at intersecting positions will all collectively contribute to upholding the so-called rule of law, be faithful to constitutional precepts and re-establish the deteriorating fortress of human rights and freedoms,” he added.

Among the preliminary issues set by the SC for oral arguments is the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) or a status quo ante (SQA) order that would stop the implementation of the law.

Because of this, Olalia expressed hope that until the oral arguments are held “no further onslaughts on basic rights happen considering the current intensifying political weaponization of the law.”

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