PH version of anti-terrorism law ‘most conservative,’ -Senate Pres. Sotto

PH version of anti-terrorism law ‘most conservative,’ -Senate Pres. Sotto

Our Anti-Terrorism Law compared to the different anti-terrorism laws with the rest of the world is the “most conservative” among other security measures in the world, this according to Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III.

He answers the different concerns on the controversial as it is now effective as a law of the land.

“The other countries, they’re stricter than ours, ‘yung atin ang pinaka-conservative (ours is the most conservative),” Sotto told in an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines’ The Source.

Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto
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The Senate President said ours in the only version that has a safeguard provision that compels an arresting officer to inform the nearest court as well as the Commission on Human Rights regarding a case.

Sotto urges foreigners, particularly addressing the lawmakers form the United States to focus and review their own “harsher” laws instead of “picking” on the Philippines’ situation.
“These U.S. Congressmen must investigate their Homeland Security Law… Why are these Congressmen not centering their laws that they have? Why pick on the Philippines, when we (have) the most conservative anti-terror law in the world? They want us to remain as the haven of terrorists?” Sotto questioned.

Earlier 45 lawmakers urged the Philippine Congress to repeal the Anti-Terrorism Law on the belief it is vulnerable to being "weaponized against people" who will express dissent towards the government.

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