Vice President Leni Robredo boldly called out the ‘forced’ passage of the contentious proposed Anti-Terrorism Bill while the country is still struggling to contain the spread of the contagious coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Bakit ipipilit? Hindi lang ito sinisingit, pinipilit,” Robredo asked during her weekly radio program dubbed as “BISErbisyong Leni.”
She said that authors of the bill in the House of Representatives already withdrew their authorship on the said bill because their amendments were not accepted.
The Vice President also noted how the bill seeks to silence the voice of the citizens, and how some of its provisions are bothersome for her, including the broadened definition of “terrorism.”
“Parang binawina niyo ng boses iyong mamamayan. There’s too much room for abuse. That’s why we’re firmly against it,” Robredo said.
The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 only needs the signature of President Duterte before it becomes a law.