Duterte's signing the Anti-Terrorism Act is like “giving a gun to a schoolyard bully,” - De Lima

Duterte's signing the Anti-Terrorism Act is like “giving a gun to a schoolyard bully,” - De Lima

They are now regrouping their ranks as they will next see battle for the constitutionality of the recently President Rodrigo Duterte signed law in Republic Act No. 11479, or Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 2020.

Another opposition senator and one of the fiercest critics of President Duterte slams the signing of such law.

For detained senator Leila De Lima, the new law is like “giving a gun to a schoolyard bully,” as she supported fellow Liberal Party member, senator Kiko  Pangilinan in asking the magistrates “to protect our democracy and invalidate this legal abomination.”
Detained senator Leila De Lima
(photo credit to owner)

“[This law], in the hands of Mr. Duterte, is just another weapon for his ‘lawfare’ against lawful dissent, political rivals and the rest of our countrymen demanding accountability for his misgovernance, injustices and treason,” she said in a handwritten dispatch from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Detention Center.

“This scenario is not unfounded. In his four years in office, we have seen him use our laws to bully the opposition, journalists, activists and human rights defenders, and, yes, even major TV stations who dare speak truth to power,” Senator De Lima said.

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