Following its suspension due to the pandemic, the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday announced the resumption of oral arguments through videoconferencing, two weeks after the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus, on several petitions challenging the constitutionality of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.
This announcement came from the SC Office of the Clerk of Court, which was signed by clerk of court Marife M. Lomibao-Cuevas.
“The technical details and the rules for the videoconferenced oral arguments pro hac vice (for or on this occasion only) shall be promulgated as soon as the Court en banc is able to convene,” the advisory read.
The SC canceled oral arguments following the rise in coronavirus cases in the country in the past few weeks.
Some 37 petitions have been filed before the high court challenging the constitutionality, in whole or in part, of Republic Act 11479.
The stricter anti-terrorism bill was signed by President Duterte, which was condemned by critics and rights groups as alleged weapon to target opponents and stifle free speech.
The president has defended the law, saying law-abiding citizens should not fear as it targets terrorists including communist insurgents.