4th round of oral arguments on terror law set Tuesday

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    THE Supreme Court is expected to finish the interpellation of petitioners questioning the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, at the fourth round of oral arguments tomorrow.

    A court insider said that after the interpellation, the justices will proceed to hear Solicitor General Jose Calida who will argue the government’s case. After Calida, the SC will hear from the two “amici curiae” or friends of the court namely retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno and former Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza.

    As “amici curiae,” Puno and Jardeleza will be asked to share their knowledge on Republic Act No. 11479 which was signed by President Duterte in July last year.

    Of the 15 justices, seven have yet to ask questions from the petitioners.

    Among those who have already interpellated are Peralta and Associate Justices Marvic Leonen, Ramon Paul Hernando, Amy Lazaro-Javier, Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Alexander Gesmundo, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Rosmari Carandang.

    There are 37 petitions challenging the constitutionality of the anti-terrorism act.

    Among the petitioners are former Vice President Jejomar Binay, retired SC Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, legal luminaries and law professors, human rights activists, members of the media, religious leaders and youth leaders.