Pres. Duterte to ensure anti-terror law complies with '87 Constitution

Pres. Duterte to ensure anti-terror law complies with '87 Constitution

The now controversial Anti-Terrorism bill has been the talk of the country today, and a lot of pro and con have been expressed by the different personalities in our society.
Hurdling the third reading in the House of Representatives, after being certified by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte this bill is a shoo in to be signed when it reaches in Malacanang.

Rest assured the President Duterte will thoroughly review the anti-terrorism bill to ensure that all its provisions will be in compliance with the 1987 Constitution.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
(photo credit to owner)

Atty. Harry Roue, Presidential Spokesperson said that the President is in no rush to sign the said bill even if  such bill would give more teeth to our existing laws which involves how we the country would handle “terrorism.”
Bagamat (Even if) it's certified urgent, ‘di naman po automatic pipirmahan ‘yan ni Presidente (it won’t automatically be signed by the President),” Roque said in a virtual presser.
The President who is a lawyer would not allow provisions in the proposed law that will counter the provisions in the 1987 Constitution.
“Dadaan pa rin ‘yan sa isang final review para titingnan kung may probisyon na labag sa Saligang Batas bago po pirmahan ng Presidente (It will undergo a final review to see if there are provisions that violate the Constitution before it is signed by the President),” Roque said.
The presidential spokesperson assures that the anti-terrorism bill would not curtail the time honored principle enshrined in the Philippine Constituition - freedom of speech.
“I think dito sa Pilipinas, hindi mo na talaga masusupil ang karapatan ng malayang pananalita dahil hindi na po papayag ang sambayanang Pilipino (here in the Philippines, you can no longer curtail freedom of expression because the Filipinos will not allow it),” Roque said.

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