Robredo re Anti-Terrorism Bill : It should protect the people

Robredo re Anti-Terrorism Bill : It should protect the people

The now controversial and trending Anti-Terrorism Bill has reached every political personality in government so much so the Vice President did not think twice in making her opinion known to the public about it.
Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo a human rights lawyer herself before joining politics said the Anti-Terrorism Bill should protect the people and not put them in more danger.

She believes that existing criminal laws currently in place are more than enough, and any amendments thereto should be done with utmost prudence in making sure it will uphold.
Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo
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“If the authorities are saying the laws are not enough, they can propose new legislation but not those that will give rise for abuses to happen,“ she said in an interview with civic media platform, “Now You Know.”

Robredo adds: “Let us not pass laws that would further weaponize our authorities and would further oppress those who are already oppressed.”
A few days back she already questions the timing and intent of the anti-terror bill, stressing there are far more important problems that needs to be addressed most especially with the global pandemic brought about by the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.

The Vice President gave the opinion that the proposed measure is far worse than the Human Security Act of 20017, which the new anti-terror bill aims to replace.
“There are not enough safety nets there, and it would be very prone to abuse,” VP said.

Under the existing Human Security Act of 2007, law enforcers can be fined P500,000 for each day that a suspect is wrongfully detained. Such safeguards were removed in the draft legislation.

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