Religious groups call on SC to ‘stand by the common good’ in deciding on petitions challenging Anti-Terror Law

Published July 7, 2020, 1:32 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

The Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) has urged the Supreme Court (SC) to stand by the common good as it welcomed the filing of petitions challenging the anti-terror law.

“We trust that the good women and men of the highest court of the land will be guided by the common good of all and by the Philippine Constitution,” the group said in a  CBCP News post.

“We implore them that in these gathering clouds of darkness, let the light of rule of law and ultimately, justice, shine ever bright,” the AMRSP added.

The country’s religious superiors said they are “deeply saddened” by President Duterte’s signing of the controversial measure which critics fear will “stifle basic rights and freedoms.”

“In light of faith, we cannot in conscience accede to a law that may assault human dignity and human rights,” the AMRSP said.

“At a time that our people are battling the effects of COVID-19, we find no reason to pass a law that does not serve to alleviate their miserable plight,” the group added.

“Unemployment, the closure of businesses, the continuing spread of the virus, and the lack of relief for our people are the most-pressing concerns at this time,” said AMRSP.

The group called on the faithful to “stand your ground and be with the poor and downtrodden.”

“Truth, justice, and peace will prevail,” it said.

The AMRSP is a joint forum of heads of religious congregations which run most of the country’s top universities and institutions.

President Duterte signed into law the Anti-Terrorism Act on July 3, which allows warrantless arrest of people the government deems as terrorists and detain them without charge for 14 days.