Sen. De Lima ain’t surprised Duterte wants anti-terror bill passed ASAP!

Sen. De Lima ain’t surprised Duterte wants anti-terror bill passed ASAP!




It’s not a surprise!
That seems to be the sentiment of detained senator Leila De Lima when she said that she is no longer surprised that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte certified the Anti-Terrorism bill as urgent which requires an immediate passage in the House of Representatives.

In a statement from the opposition senator dated June 4 , De Lima warns that the House Bill 6875 will be used against those who criticize the administration.
“Sa isang gobyernong wala naman talagang kakayahan at sinseridad na mamuno, gagawin na lamang nya ang kanyang tanging alam upang manatili sa kapangyarihan: manakot, maniil at mandahas ng kanyang sariling mga mamamayan,” she said.
Detained senator Leila De Lima
(photo credit to owner)

De Lima claims that the proposed bill does not target terrorist but “invents” a new crime of ” inciting to terrorism.”
Magsalita ka lang siguro na wala ka pang natatanggap na ayuda, at mag-alburuto tungkol dito, puwede nang “inciting” yun sa kanila. Given our law enforcement’s exemplary record in human rights violations, hindi imposible,” she said.

Once passed as a law this will give a “chilling effect” on Filipino’s human rights, as it will repeal the Human Security Act of 2007.
The proposed law was passed on its final reading with 173 affirmative votes, 31 negative votes and 29 abstentions.
HB 6875 expands the definition of terrorism by penalizing those engaged in acts which cause death or serious bodily injury to any person, or endangers a person’s life; cause extensive damage or destruction to a government or public facility, public place or private property; cause extensive interference with, damage or destruction to critical infrastructure; develops, manufactures, possesses, acquires, transports, supplies or uses weapons, explosives or of biological, nuclear, radiological or chemical weapons; and release of dangerous substances, or causing fire, floods or explosions.
The said bill also allows the detention of a suspected terrorist for up to fourteen (14) days without any charges filed in court. The suspect can also be wiretapped from sixty (60) days to as long as ninety (90) days.





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