Following a viral post on social media showing policemen seizing copies of Pinoy Weekly newspaper they tagged as “subversive documents,” Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Archie Gamboa said that the Anti-Terrorism Law shouldn’t be utilized to commit such acts.

According to Gamboa, with the appeal of Republic Act 1700 or the Anti-Subversion Act, “there is no longer anything that is subversive.”

The PNP official added that the Anti-Terror Law still cannot be used since its Implementing Rules and Regulations are yet to be released and finalized.

The controversial Anti-Terrorism Law has been tagged by human rights activists as the “reincarnation” of the 1957-signed Anti-Subversion Act which the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos used to silence critics of his administration.


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