There is no need for a new anti-terrorism bill - Sereno

There is no need for a new anti-terrorism bill - Sereno

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is in the media again but now she is against the passage of the Anti-Terrorism bill which is meant to put more teeth to the 2007 Human Securities Act.
Sereno reasons out that the provisions in question in the Human Securities Act can be resolved “if agency agreements between the Executive Department and the Judiciary could be crafted, that take into account the agencies’ implementation difficulties vis-a-vis the required careful culture of courts whose primary function is to defend human dignity and the rights of every Filipino.”

“In my former capacity as Chief Justice, I had listened carefully to the articulated difficulties that the defense and military establishment had in dealing with terrorism under the Human Security Act of 2007 or RA 9372,” she recounted.
Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
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“I had expressed the judiciary’s intention to ensure that operationally, courts were not going to stand in the way of the successful implementation of the nation’s anti-terrorism programs,” she added.
She urges lawmakers that the proposed bill “satisfies the standards of justice and human compassion.”
The ousted chief justice said “Filipinos vent their frustration in the only way they can through social media” and “government should be careful not to repress the human spirit that must always find a way to express itself.”

“This is the key principle of our constitutional rights – that we are called by God to freedom, to pursue human flourishing, and we owe the human family respect for divergent views,” she explains.
“This is the reason why the government exists in the first place, to act as agents with delegated power from the sovereign Filipino people, to enable the people to build a ‘just and humane society’,” she adds.
Sereno explains and warns that if the government leads the people to injustice and to inhumanity “the whole basis for that authority morally erodes.”

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