Supreme Court rules on anti-terrorism law, decision out soon

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 7)— The Supreme Court (SC) has deliberated and ruled on the controversial anti-terrorism law, an official confirmed on Tuesday.

In a statement, SC Public Information Office chief Atty. Brian Hosaka said there would be a thorough review of the justices' votes given a string of issues resolved in the case.

"Considering that there were numerous issues resolved in the case, as well as the fact that each Justice had to vote on each issue, there is a need to accurately confirm and tally the vote of each Justice in order to ensure the correct resolution of the Court per issue," Hosaka said.

He vowed the high court would release an "accurate summary" of its action on the highly-contested measure "at the soonest possible time."

Thirty-seven petitions have been filed challenging the constitutionality of the anti-terrorism law, which critics have labeled as "vague" and may be open to abuse and human rights violations.

READ: Here are the major issues raised against the Anti-Terrorism Act

Several government officials have repeatedly dismissed these claims, saying there are enough safeguards in place to protect the rights of citizens.

The high court wrapped up its oral arguments on the measure back in May. Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo earlier said the fate of the pleas may be known before the year ends.

Meanwhile, several groups trooped to the grounds to call for the scrapping of the anti-terrorism law. The hashtag #JunkTerrorLaw also shot to the top trending topics on social media, with netizens joining the appeal.