Group tells Duterte to repeal ATB, prioritize COVID-19 response

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MANDAUE CITY, Cebu -- The Health Alliance for Democracy (HEAD) - Cebu Chapter has expressed condemnation on the signing of the Anti-Terror Bill into law while it also stands in unity with other

A group of medical practitioners in Cebu has joined the call for the repeal of the Anti-Terror Bill which President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law on Friday. Several protest actions were earlier held in Luzon, as shown in this file photo, to protest the passage of the bill.| Inquirer Photo – Cebu Chapter has expressed condemnation on

“This bill comes at a time when clearly the government has no adequate response to the Covid-19 crisis which has resulted to more people suffering, especially the poor and marginalized. As the people have yet to see actual leadership amidst crisis, the government is now giving its people a whole new level of disaster in the face of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020,” their statement reads.

The pandemic, the group said, has resulted in mass unemployment, overworked health professions with inadequate support from the government, and the increasing number of COVID-19 deaths and cases due to the overwhelmed and ill-equipped health system in the country. In their statement, HEAD quoted a report on the killings and human rights violations in the Philippines which the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human RightsIt said that the proposed law “dilutes human rights safeguards, broadens the definition of terrorism and expands the period of detention without warrant.”


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