‘Time is of the essence:’ 23 petitioners urge SC to stop implementation of anti-terrorism law
MANILA, Philippines (Updated 5:07 p.m.) — With charges filed and military surveillance carried out under a law assailed in court by 37 groups, 23 of the petitioners against it urged the Supreme Court to stop the implementation of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.
A majority of petitioners on Thursday filed a Joint Motion for the issuance of a temporary restraining order or status quo ante order to restrain the government from implementing the anti-terrorism law.
The issuance of a TRO or SQAO is one of the issues that will be taken up in oral arguments scheduled on January 19. The petitioners said they are seeking the issuance of the TRO or SQAO “without prejudice to its being taken up as one of the issues in the scheduled oral arguments.”
In a separate statement, the