Mga takot ang iingay!: Sotto claims some critics don't understand anti-terror bill

Mga takot ang iingay!: Sotto claims some critics don't understand anti-terror bill

The Senate President just would not keep silent against the critics and detractors of the anti-terrorism bill, he said they just don’t understand the intent of the legislative measure.
"Ang dami kong naririnig at nababasa sa social media na mukhang di naiintindihan eh, katakot-takot na pintas, hindi nila alam itong anti-terror bill na bago, daming epal ika nga. Iyung pinipintas nila wala don sa bill," Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto said in an interview.

Critics have been making all the noises regarding the bill saying that the said measure would violate basic bill of rights. The hashtag #JunkTerrorBill have been used in social media to express their disagreement, criticizing the call for its swift passage despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto
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The Senate President explains that the bill has more than enough provisions that safeguards to ensure that the State uniformed forces would not abuse the powers granted under the proposed law and it will not just run after the critics of government.
"Ang dapat matakot lang dito ay terorista at sumusuporta sa terorita pero kung taumbayan walang dapat ikatakot. Lahat ng safeguard natin andyan," Sotto said. 
Priority targets of the proposed law are those terrorist as defined under the United Nations Security Council and the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC).

Sotto clarifies that those participating in protests, strikes or other forms of mass action to register dissent do not fall under the same category. 
"It [only] includes [those] na identified ng United Nations Security Council at other jurisdictions. Hindi basta nanggugulo sa kanto terorista na... It does not include advocacy, protest, dissent, stoppage of work, 'yung strike or industrial or mass action, or exercise of civil and political rights," Sotto said. 
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte cerified the bill as urgent as its immediate passage will "address the urgent need to strengthen the law on anti-terrorism in order to inadequately and effectively contain the menace of terrorist acts for the preservation of national security and the promotion of general welfare."
The House of Representatives late Tuesday approved on second reading House Bill 6875 which repeals the "outdated" Human Security Act of 2007. The Senate under the leadership of Sotto, meanwhile, approved the same measure last February. 

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