MANILA - The Supreme Court resumed hearing on Tuesday oral arguments on petitions challenging the government's crackdown on illegal drugs.
Solicitor General Jose Calida is defending the government's case against two separate petitions from lawyers' groups.
One petition, filed by the Free Legal Assistance Group, sought to declare as unconstitutional a police memorandum circular, which it said expressly authorized troops to kill drug suspects.
Another petition from Center for International Law sought to bar police from conducting anti-illegal drugs or anti-crime operations in San Andres Bukid, Manila without the presence of representatives from the barangay, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the media among others.
Calida last week criticized the petitions, saying these are attempts to destabilize the Duterte administration and sow anarchy. He urged magistrates of the High Court to junk the petitions, on grounds that petitioners failed to produce compelling evidence to support their allegations.
Both petitions sought a writ of amparo, which may be issued by the high tribunal to any citizen whose rights to life, liberty and security are threatened by unlawful acts from public or private individuals.