Morales, Carpio, UP law profs file petition vs anti-terror law

Robie de Guzman   •   July 22, 2020   •   1075

MANILA, Philippines – Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, and law professors at the University of the Philippines on Wednesday filed a petition before the high court against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

In their 86-page plea, Carpio, Morales and several lawyers urged the Supreme Court to declare the entire law unconstitutional and to stop its implementation.

Carpio and Morales were joined by UP Law professors Dante Gatmaytan, Jay Batongbacal, Theodore Te, Victoria Loanzon and Anthony Charlemagne Yu, former Magdalo Party-list Representative Francisco Ashley Acedillo and student leader Tierone James Santos.

The petitioners questioned the vague and broad provisions of the law that may lead to arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement and malicious prosecution of innocent people.

The group also blasted the powers granted to the Anti-Terrorism Council that, they say, are greater than those given to the president in times of invasion and rebellion, including the power to authorize the arrest and detention of suspected terrorists for up to 24 days without court intervention.

This is the 11th petition to be filed against the anti-terrorism law. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

Paglalantad ng identity ng social media users, ipinanukala vs trolling

Robie de Guzman   •   July 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Ilantad ang pagkakakilanlan ng social media users – ito ang nakikitang paraan ni dating Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice at 1Sambayan lead-convenor Antonio Carpio upang masugpo ang isyu ng trolling.

Ang social media trolling ay pag-atake ng ilang netizen sa mga hindi pumapabor sa kanilang paniniwala.

“The solution is simple: require all those who comment on online publications, online platforms, to reveal their real identity. If you are from China state your name, state your country of residence,” ani Carpio.

Aniya, hindi dapat payagan ng management ng social media platforms ang mga pekeng account o mga gawa-gawa lang ang pangalan.

Layunin nitong matukoy at agad mapanagot ang sinumang nagpo-post ng maling impormasyon o kaya ay paninira sa social media.

Mahihimok din ang social media users na maging maingat sa pagpo-post ng impormasyon o mensahe dahil sila ay maaaring maparusahan.

“Because if you put your real name you will be circumspect, you will weigh every word you put there because you could be sued for libel or you could be laughed up if you express something ridiculous,” ani Carpio.

Naniniwala ang dating mahistrado na hindi ito mahirap gawin para sa mga nangangasiwa ng social media platform.

Inihalimbawa pa nito ang ginawang pagkansela noon ng Facebook sa mga fake account na natukoy mula sa Fuijan Province sa China na nagpapahayag ng suporta para sa administrasyong Duterte. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

Work in NCR Courts suspended Wednesday due to inclement weather – SC

Robie de Guzman   •   July 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo has ordered the suspension of work in all courts in the National Capital Region (NCR) due to the inclement weather, the high court’s Public Information Office (PIO) said Wednesday.

The work suspension will take effect at 12 noon, according to a memorandum posted on the SC PIO’s social media account.

It covers the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Court of Tax Appeals, Sandganbayan, and all National Capital Judicial Region courts.

The order also covers offices under the Office of the Court Administrator, Presidential Electoral Tribunal and the Judicial and Bar Council.

The state weather bureau on Wednesday morning raised heavy rainfall warnings over parts of Metro Manila and nearby areas due to the effects of the southwest monsoon, which is being enhanced by the Typhoon Fabian and a severe tropical storm outside the Philippine area of responsibility.

PH designates NDFP as terrorist organization

Marje Pelayo   •   July 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines  — The Philippine government, through the Anti-terrorism Council (ATC), has declared the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) as a terrorist organization.

In a resolution dated June 23, 2021, the ATC said it found probable cause to designate the NDFP — also known as National Democratic Front (NDF) — “as a terrorist group of persons, organization, or association for having committed, or attempting to commit or conspire in the commission of the acts defined and penalized under Sections, 7, 10, and 12 the Anti-terrorism Act of 2020 (ATA).”

According to the resolution, the ATC referred to the NDFP as an “integral and inseparable part” of the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP/NPA) which was formally tagged as a terrorist group in December last year.

The NDFP’s designation follows the terrorist designation of CPP founder, Jose Maria Sison and his wife Juliet, by the ATC.

Moreover, the resolution said, Sison further highlighted NDF’s connection with the CPP/NPA when he identified the CPP/NPA as allied organizations of the NDFP in his message for the NDF’s 48th anniversary in April 2021.

 

 

 

 

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