Anti-terror law takes effect on July 18; Supreme Court fight looms
The law that President Rodrigo Duterte signed on Friday would be imposed on July 18, 15 days after its publication on the state journal Official Gazette, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque confirmed to ABS-CBN News.The law, which was passed as the country grappled with the coronavirus pandemic, would let Duterte appoint a council that could order warrantless arrests of people it deems are terrorists.
It also allows for up to 24 days of detention without charge, which the government argues is necessary to combat long-running communist and Islamist insurgencies."The signing of the... law demonstrates our serious commitment to stamp out terrorism, which has long plagued the country and has caused unimaginable grief and horror to many of our people," Roque said Friday.
The law defines terrorism as intending to cause death or injury, damage government or private property or use of weapons of mass destruction to "spread a message of fear" or intimidate the government.Critics allege the legislation also strips away old safeguards, such as penalties against law enforcers for wrongful detention of suspects.
"By signing the anti-terrorism bill into law, President Duterte has pushed Philippines democracy into an abyss," said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director for Human Rights Watch."The law threatens to significantly worsen the human rights situation in the Philippines, which has nosedived since the catastrophic 'war on drugs' began four years ago," Robertson added.
In a report last month, the UN human rights office said at least 8,663 people have been killed in the drug war with "near impunity" for offenders.Several opposition lawmakers and groups have vowed to question the law before the Supreme Court.
Progressive group Bayan Muna last month said it was "researching" its next legal step if Duterte approved the law in which the definition of terrorism is allegedly vague and could strengthen the government's campaign against critics.Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio in June also urged the public to "all work to have the objectionable provisions in the Anti-Terrorism Act invalidated by the Supreme Court or repealed by Congress."
Government officials say alarm about the law is overblown, citing provisions that exempt "advocacy, protest, dissent, stoppage of work... not intended to cause death or serious physical harm." Read more: ABS-CBN News »
Good luck 🤞 🇵🇭 Henlo kamatayan, unahan na lang kayo nitong terror law sa july 18 Mar irr na bs ex SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CARPIO:'If the Anti-Terrorism Bill becomes law,the country will be in a situation worse than martial law.'So Who should we BELIEVE:congresswoman LUCY TORRES?senator LACSON?senator SOTTO?Othr FAUX-LAW-OPINING CLOWNS? OR Former SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CARPIO?
ex SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CARPIO:'If the Anti-Terrorism Bill becomes law,the country will be in a situation worse than martial law.'So Who should we BELIEVE:congresswoman LUCY TORRES?senator LACSON?senator SOTTO?Othr FAUX-LAW-OPINING CLOWNS? OR Former SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CARPIO?
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Opposition lawmakers say ready to question Anti-Terror Law before Supreme CourtSC will be the last option to question the constitutionality of the said law.. And ask for suspension of the law for the meantime... I am pretty sure that the Justices of our Supreme Court have already studied, reviewed and prepared themselves for this Law. I believe in their dignity, integrity and jurisprudence as will as their love of our country. In this global crisis, God bless The Philippines. Go ahead.. Democracy is alive
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