[Using COVID-19 as a lame excuse] KMP: Solgen Calida desperately delays questioning of Terror Law in SC

Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) slams the “delaying tactics” employed by Solicitor General Jose Calida regarding the Supreme Court’s oral arguments on the Anti-Terror Law. “Solgen Calida is delaying his inevitable defeat and the eventual declaration of Duterte’s Terror Law as unconstitutional. Their camp is scrambling for more time to prepare the most twisted distortions of the Constitution and the wildest justifications to try and defend the indefensible,” Anakpawis Chairperson and KMP Chairman Emeritus Rafael Mariano says.

The SC postponed today the oral arguments on the Anti-Terrorism Act originally scheduled on January 19 to February 2. This is after the Office of Solicitor General said that some of its staff tested positive for COVID19. Calida’s manifestation came three days after his appeal for cancellation last January 11 was denied by the SC last January 12.

Calida’s blatant delaying tactics are an affront to the 37 petitions challenging the constitutionality of the ATL.

The peasant leader adds that the spread of COVID-19 can be prevented by simply having those COVID19-positive participate online. He also pointed out that Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas was also COVID19-positive during some sessions of Congress’ budget deliberations last year. “Kung desidido silang harapin ang oral arguments ng ATL pwede namang mag-online ang mga staff o magpalit ng mga staff na kalahok sa mahalagang iskedyul. Kung gusto may paraan, kung ayaw palaging merong dahilan,” Mariano comments.

KMP appealed that the SC upholds its warning that no further postponement be granted. “Duterte’s Terror Law should be repealed the soonest possible time. Aside from outrightly making a mockery out of our Constitution, it has legalized and emboldened attacks on the people’s fundamental rights,” Mariano ended. #

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