Ika-12 petisyon vs. ATA inihain ng charter framers, journalists, solons

Ika-12 petisyon vs. ATA inihain ng charter framers, journalists, solons

July 23, 2020 @ 12:41 PM 2 weeks ago

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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.

Sa 73 pahinang petisyon, hiniling nila sa SC na magpalabas ng temporary restraining order o preliminary injunction o pareho habang nakabinbin ang kaso, upang mapigilan ang implementasyon ng batas, kabilang ang paggawa ng  implementing rules and regulations.

Hiniling din nila sa Korte Suprema na itakda kaagad ang kaso para sa oral argument at matapos ang due proceeding, magsagawa ng TRO, injunction at gawing permanent ang temporary protection orders, na nagbabasura at isinasantabi ang batas dahil unconstitutional void ito at pigilan ang mga respondents at kanilang ahente o kinatawan sa implementasyon ng RA 11479

Kabilang sa respondents ng petisyon sina Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan II, Anti-Money Laundering Council Executive Director Mel Georgie Racela, Budget and Management Secretary Wendel Avisado, the Anti-Terrorism Council, at National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA).

“The Duterte government’s poor human rights record has amplified apprehensions over the new law. Its drug war has killed over 8,000 Filipinos since 2016, with “near-impunity,” according to a United Nations report in June. Senator de Lima has been in jail for almost 3 1/2 years now based on politically motivated charge,” ayon sa petisyon.

Kamakaiilan, isinara ng gobyerno ang ABS-CBN, nijlitis si   petitioner Maria Ressa, CEO ng news website Rappler, sa kasong cyber libel, kaya siya nahatulan. Parehong agresibong nag-uulat ang dalawang outlet laban sa liderato ni Duterte.

 “Amid the pandemic, the government has also jailed thousands of suspected violators and protesters of a lockdown to contain the rapid spread of the coronavirus,” ayon pa sa petisyon. Ernie Reyes

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