Veto ‘anti-people’ Anti-Terror Bill! : Makabayan solon asks Duterte

Veto ‘anti-people’ Anti-Terror Bill! : Makabayan solon asks Duterte

The Makabayan bloc is telling President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to veto what they deemed as a turn for the worse in terms of human rights abuses if it will become a law- Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.
This after it was reported that the said bill have been submitted to Malacanang and its awaiting President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s signature.

Kabataan party-list Rep. Sarah Elago and ACT Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro has asked the Chief Executive to veto the said measure which aims to amend the Human Security Act of 2017.
Kabataan party-list Rep. Sarah Elago and ACT Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro
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“Patuloy na nananawagan ang taumbayan para sa pagbabasura ng Anti-Terror Bill dahil nakita nila ang mga masasahol na probisyong aapak sa karapatang pantao ng Pilipino sa panahon na maisabatas ito,” Castro said.
“It is about time that the Duterte administration listen to the calls of the people and veto this measure,” the Makabayan congresswoman explains.
“This bill only will be used to terrorize the people and silence dissent, criticism and opposition. Even legitimate and Constitutionally guaranteed rights can be tagged as terrorist acts under this bill,” she said.

As for Elago she challenges President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to veto the bill and to “instead address and focus on the pressing needs and concerns of the Filipino people amid the Covid-19 crisis.”
“The bill, ironically, would be responsible for sowing fear and permitting an omnipotent state to do anything as it pleases,” she said.
 “The military and political allies of the regime will be immunized from its horrifying effects, while the rest of the population, especially the poor and marginalized, would be repeatedly beaten down to submission by the baton of the military state.” Elago said.
“Now more than ever, the youth and the people are united and resolute to junk the terror bill that will curtail the basic human rights enshrined in our Constitution,” she said.

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