Admit hypocrisy or shut up! Lacson slams US solons opposing PH Anti-Terror Law

Admit hypocrisy or shut up! Lacson slams US solons opposing PH Anti-Terror Law

A bunch of hypocrites!.
This was the reaction of Senator Panfilo Lacson as to the 45 US legislator’s call for the Philippine Congress to repeal the just signed controversial law Ant-Terrorism Act of 2020.

Lacson would like to know of the 45 lawmakers who voted of the US Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001, which he noted is cruel to some extent due to its emphasis on “security.”
Senator Panfilo Lacson
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“While our Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 is replete with safeguards to ensure that human rights of suspected terrorists are observed and protected, what the US Congress passed as their version of an Anti-Terrorism law is much stronger, even cruel to some extent because their policy makers and citizenry give the highest premium to the security of their country and the protection of US citizens stationed anywhere in the world,” Lacson, who is a co-sponsor of Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.
“That said, these US Congress members should shut up unless they admit to being a bunch of hypocrites,” he added.
The senator Lacson noted that that Republic Act 11479, the Anti-Terrorism Law signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last July 3, contains he necessary safeguards against possible abuse most specially to the treatment of possible terrorists.

Lacson said the US anti-terror law of 2001 has a provision for a Guantánamo Bay-like detention facility “where indefinite detention without trial of suspected terrorists, on top of torture and breach of human rights, suicides and suicide attempts have been reported by Amnesty International – all in violation of the Due Process Clause of the US Constitution.”
“And unlike their Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001, our law does not allow one-party consent in the conduct of electronic or technical surveillance,” he added.

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