Lawyers’ group asks gov’t to hold implementation of Anti-Terrorism Law

Published July 18, 2020, 9:25 AM

by Jeffrey Damicog

An organization of lawyers on Saturday, July 18, called on the government to hold the implementation of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.


“We are still giving a good shot at available legal remedies with the hope that the Supreme Court will step up the plate and be a proactive refuge against the overreach of authoritarian political power,” National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) president Edre Olalia said in a statement.

“Meanwhile, we beseech the authorities to prudently hold their horses and give the multiple petitions a fighting chance out of deference to the ultimate resolution by the Court,” he urged.

There are so far nine petitions filed before the Supreme Court (SC) which has been asked to declare as unconstitutional the Anti-Terrorism Law and stop its implementation.

Olalia had previously said that the NUPL will also be filing a similar petition before the high tribunal.

At the same time, Olalia urged the the public “to stand our ground, be vigilant, call out the authorities, push back and slay the Frankenstein they created as soon as it rears its ugly head in any guise, form, excuse or justification.”

“Let us put the proponents to task with their rhetorical assurances on the real target of the law and on purported respect for our hard won rights,” he stated.

“At the same time, we will not give up the fight, not today, not tomorrow, not ever, for we will not be muted and terrorized into submission,” he added.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the law took effect Saturday, July 18.

Though the law has no implementing rules and regulations (IRR) yet, Guevarra assured that “the law will take effect even without the IRR.”