Manila, Philippines – Pormal nang inihain ng ilang personalidad sa oposisyon kabilang ang dalawang framers ng 1987 Constitution, 7 mambabatas, 8 journalist at 3 human rights defender ang petisyon sa Supreme Court upang itigil ang implementasyon ng Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA, Republic Act 11479).
“Ostensibly meant to serve the narrow and specific state policy of fighting terrorism, the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 (hereafter, ATA) nevertheless hands to government a sledgehammer, a blunt instrument that may easily be wielded to batter down the constitutional guardrails protecting the freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of the press and the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances, and ultimately, terrorize the sovereign people into silence and servility,” ayon sa petisyon.
Kabilang sa lumagda sa petisyon na humihiling na ideklarang unconstitutional ang ATA ay sina
Constitutional Commission of 1986 members Dr. Florangel Rosario-Braid at Prof. Edumundo Garcia;
mga mambabatas na sina Rep. Kit Belmonte, Senators Leila de Lima at Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, dating Senators Sergio Osmeña III at Wigberto “Bobby” Tañada, at dating Deputy Speaker Erin Tañada at dating Akbayan party-list Rep. Etta Rosales;
Journalists Ceres Doyo, Lilibeth Frondoso, Chay Hofileña, Rachel Khan, Jo-Ann Maglipon, John Nery, Beatrice Puente (Philippine Collegian editor-in-chief), Maria Ressa, at Maritess Vitug;
dating Senate secretary Lutgardo Barbo at law professor Chel Diokno.