JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday shrugged off the growing number of petitions filed before the Supreme Court questioning the legality of the newly-signed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.
As of this writing, 18 petitions have already been filed in the high court, and the number may still rise in the coming days.
The number of petitions against the new legislation has already surpassed those filed against the equally-controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act and the Reproductive Health Law previously.
"All these petitions, no matter how many they are, will boil down to a common set of constitutional issues. The Supreme Court will resolve these issues on the merits of the arguments advanced by the parties concerned, and not on the basis of their number or personal or professional stature, " Guevarra said in a message.
Earlier, the Alternative Law Groups (ALG) filed a petition questioning the legality of the hugely-controversial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 before the SC.
ALG, a coalition of 18 legal resource non-governmental organizations, is a nationwide NGO network which engages in developmental law in pursuit of social justice while working alongside marginalized sectors (women, children, indigenous communities, peasants, fisherfolks, urban poor, LGBTQIA+, among others).
In a 130-page petition, the group urged the high bench to declare Republic Act 11479 null and void as it poses dangers to civil society.