The National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) submitted a motion asking the Supreme Court (SC) justices to immediately stop the implementation of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

The pleading asks for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) or a preliminary injunction, especially “for individuals in the crosshairs of those intolerant of dissent and divergence.”

“The petitioners, their organizations and party-lists, and members thereof have been consistently red-tagged and labeled without any due process and sans competent, credible and admissible evidence as either ‘terrorists’ or ‘terrorist front organizations’ by the NTF-ELCAC (National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict), most viciously by one Gen. (Antonio) Parlade,” the NUPL said.

“We are now in receipt of verified information that individuals were already recently arrested, charged, and remain detained up to the present time on the basis of, among others, the Anti-Terror Act even before its IRR was issued,” the lawyers group continued.

The NUPL noted that even if the petitioners eventually win the case, the possible victory would still be “at a great and terrible cost” if the anti-terror law is not stopped now, adding that if there’s no relief soon, the petitioners would become “vulnerable targets.”

The group stressed that as long as the law is being implemented, people would “have already been arrested without court-issued warrants, detained without charge, prosecuted and convicted for exercising civil and political rights, or have had their privacy intruded into or their properties seized, all without even the basic rudiments of due process.”

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