Opposition lawmakers in Congress like House Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate has vowed to continue the fight against the Anti-Terrorism Act, expressing confidence that the Supreme Court will declare it unconstitional.

“We would have to continue the fight in all fronts until this terror law is junked. We will question its constitutionality at the Supreme Court at the soonest time possible,” said Zarate.

Albay Representative Edcel Lagman also lambasted the signing of the Anti-Terrorism Act, saying that it “stifles dissent, imposes prior restraint to freedom of expression, derogates civil liberties, and institutes state terrorism.”

Assistant Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro likewise lamented that Duterte “signed a death warrant to the human rights of every man, woman, and child in the Philippines.”

Amnesty International Philippines, meanwhile, warned the public that the law allows “even the mildest of government critics” to be labeled as terrorists.

Prior to the signing of the law, the Anti-Terrorism Act has been a subject of various protests all over the Philippines and criticisms even from international human rights groups.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here