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ATA oral arguments reset 2 March

Alvin Murcia



The Supreme Court (SC) has rescheduled the continuation of the oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) to 2 March in deference to some justices who are on self-quarantine.

SC Clerk of Court Edgar O. Aricheta announced this yesterday but did not identify who among the 15 SC magistrates are on self-quarantine.

Had it not been postponed, the oral arguments would have been the fourth day of the legal debates on the petitions against ATA.

In the first and third oral arguments only the counsels of the 37 petitioners have presented their side on the alleged unconstitutionality of ATA.

Solicitor General Jose Calida will be the one to present the government’s side once the petitioners wrap up their argumentations.

After both sides presented their respective positions the SC will call its appointed “friends of the court” (amici curiae) to present their statements on the issues involved in the petitions.

Former Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno and former SC Associate Justice Francis H. Jardeleza have been appointed “friends of the court.”