16 Supreme Court petitions seek to void anti-terrorism law

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A group of Muslim lawyers urged the Supreme Court to declare the Anti-Terrorism Act unconstitutional and stop its implementation, saying the measure puts at risk the Bangsamoro, who are “likely to be the victims of injustices and abuses.”

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 23) —A total of 16 petitions have been filed with the Supreme Court seeking to nullify the Anti-Terrorism Act as of Thursday.

The high court’s public information office disclosed the list of petitions while more are expected in the coming days.

Two framers of the 1987 Constitution, opposition lawmakers, veteran journalists, and a number of human rights defenders joined forces to file the 12th petition on Thursday.

Youth groups, including student councils from different universities; the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines’ and artists including National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera are also among the petitioners.

Also on Thursday, a group of Muslim lawyers urged the Supreme Court to declare the Anti-Terrorism Act unconstitutional and stop its implementation, saying the measure puts at risk the Bangsamoro, who are “likely to be the victims of injustices and abuses.”

Republic Act 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, signed into law on July 3, has yet to be fully carried out as law enforcers agreed to wait for the implementing rules and regulations for as long as there’s no imminent threat.

Critics said it relaxes safeguards on human rights and is open to abuse, but lawmakers who authored and sponsored the measure maintained its validity.

CNN Philippines' Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.