Malacanang to terrorists: Beware of Anti-terror law

Malacanang to terrorists: Beware of Anti-terror law

Malacanang thru its official channels have been allaying the fears being generated by those who are opposing the newly signed RA 11479, or the Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020 as against the public.
Government has been saying that only terrorists and not dissenters, should beware since criticizing the government is not a crime.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the clarificatory statement after National Security Adviser (NSA) Hermogenes Esperon in a radio interview said critics who are claiming that the law will erode human rights could be supporters of the terrorists themselves.
Marawi City after month's of firefight between govt troops and the ISIS inspired muslim extremists
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“Siguro (Perhaps), I will phrase it differently. Terrorists, beware of the anti-terror law. Iyong mga hindi naman po mga terorista, huwag po kayong mag-alala, sapat-sapat po ang mga safeguards sa batas mismo at sa ating umiiral na rules of court para pangalagaan po ang karapatan ng kalayaan at karapatang mabuhay (Those who are not terrorists, don’t worry, there are enough safeguards in the law and the rules of court to protect the right to life and liberty),” he said in his regular virtual presser in Malacanang.
Roque, who is a lawyer by profession said there had to be “clear and present danger” before a person can be arrested and detained for inciting terrorism.

“Kapag sinabi po ng leader ng Abu Sayyaf, pugutan ng ulo ang mga Kristiyano, iyan po ay ehemplo ng inciting to terrorism (When the leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group declares to behead Christians, then that is an example of inciting to terrorism),” he said.
The spokesperson said and confirmed what Esperon was explaining that the  Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) will begin designating individuals and groups as terrorists in accordance with resolutions issued by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
He said left-leaning organizations can only be classified as terrorists if there is enough evidence to prove that they are members of terrorist groups.

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