Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III lambasted the critics of the Anti-Terr0rism Act of 2019. According to the senator, only the terr0rists and their supporters are afraid from the bill.
“It’s as good as passed. It will just need my signature if it comes back to us after ratification then I will transmit to the President… I suggest they read the bill first before reacting. Terr0rists or their supporters are the only ones who will be afraid of the bill,” said Senator Sotto.
Two of Sotto’s fellow senators opposed the bill. Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan is one of them.
“Terr0rized na ang mga kababayan natin dahil sa Covid-19, ang nakaka*matay at nakakahawang sakit. Mas na-te-terr0rize pa dahil sa kawalan ng trabaho at hanapbuhay na dulot ng iba’t ibang klase ng lockdown na pinataw sa ating mamamayan at ekonomiya. Pagtuunan ng pansin ang mga walang masakyang public transport ngayong GCQ, ang mass testing at contact tracing, at pagbangon ulit ng ating kabuhayan,” said Senator Kiko.
“COVID-19 ang kalaban, pero itong Anti-Terr0rism Bill ang isinalang. Valid at dapat pakinggan ang concerns ng publiko tungkol sa (anti-terr0r) bill. Ang hiling nila ay maayos na programa para sa kanilang kaligtasan laban sa kinakaharap nating pandemic. Hindi ba dapat nandoon ang prayoridad natin? Alam natin na kapag hindi benevolent, kung ‘di despotic yung implementors, may mga human rights violations na maaring mangyari,” opposed Senator Risa Hontiveros.
Senator Ping Lacson at the same time defended the proposal.
“The concerns being raised by the progressive and leftist groups as well as human rights advocates have been adequately addressed during the Committee on National Defense and Security public hearings, as well as the debates and interpellations in plenary,” explained Senator Lacson.
Source: CNN Philippines | ABS-CBN | Senate