‘UN vs UN?’ Lacson challenges UNHRC’s call for Duterte not to sign the PH Anti-Terrorism bill

‘UN vs UN?’ Lacson challenges UNHRC’s call for Duterte not to sign the PH Anti-Terrorism bill

A clear case of United Nations vs United Nations.
This was the scenario posed by senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson as he calls out the call of a UN official asking President Rodrigo Roa Duterte not to sign the Anti-Terrorism bill.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson(photo credit to owner)
In the 44th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Tuesday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet asked the Philippine President not to sign the controversial measure.

Bachelete said the signing of the measure into a law will ““heightens our concerns on the blurring of important distinctions between criticism, criminality and terrorism.”
“We crafted the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 based on the guidelines and standards set by the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) Resolution 1373. It was the UN that prodded the Philippines to strengthen its laws against terrorism,” senator Lacson said in a statement.

“So, is this the United Nations going up against the United Nations? The problem with the critics of the Anti-Terrorism Bill like the UN High Commissioner (for) Human Rights and the others is that they criticize without even reading the bill itself,” he added.

Lacson points out that the UNSC resolution declared that “planning and preparation, among others, are established as serious criminal offenses in domestic laws and that the punishment should duly reflect the seriousness of such terrorist acts.”

“I think the UNSC members have read the provisions of this bill because sila nangulit sa amin dito. Unfortunately, and I can safely assume that the one voicing (her) opinion against this measure, I doubt if (she) has read the provisions under the measure,” Lacson said

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