Rappler's latest stories on Anti-Terror Bill
The Vice President says 'the fight is not yet over' in pointing out contentious provisions in the newly-signed law
Critics say the new law gives the Duterte government more room to define terrorism and more power to act against persons or groups it includes in that definition
'We believe that all Filipinos who must stand for democracy against this bill that edges us closer and closer towards tyranny – in any way, shape, or form that is possible in spite of the pandemic,' says the #JunkTerrorBill group
'While we agree that a policy framework needs to be enacted to fight the menace of terrorism, we feel that the fundamental guarantees of liberty and the institutions of democracy must be protected,' says Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim
There are two sections in the 1987 Constitution that mention warrantless arrests
United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says the passage of the bill 'heightens our concerns about the blurring of important distinctions between criticism, criminality and terrorism'
'We will strike while the iron is hot,' says the Armed Forces of the Philippines after Duterte steps up his rhetoric against communist rebels
'The pandemic lays itself open to official exploitation for the fear and the hunger and joblessness and the other distractions it has brought; the government could also use some covering up for its shortcomings in dealing with the emergency'
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also appeals to the military to 'work together' with the government to ensure there will be 'zero abuses' should the anti-terror bill becomes law
'Napakaganda pakinggan ano ang intent ng ating mga legislators, pero hindi kasi nakasaad sa bill,' says CHR Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel Gana
'They were already able to red-tag us without the bill, how much more so if it's passed?'
'[The Anti-Terror Act] is authorized to order the arrest of any person even if he or she has not committed any crime of terrorism'
'If we do not want to experience a contraction of our civil liberties we must all work to have the objectionable provisions in the anti-terrorism act invalidated by the Supreme Court or repealed by Congress'
Some crimes in the bill are bailable, like inciting to terrorism, but under Section 34, a person charged with inciting to terrorism can be placed on house arrest
The retired justice says that once the anti-terror bill is enacted into law, he will be among the petitioners who will challenge the constitutionality of the measure before the Supreme Court
'The question is not only: is it constitutional? The question is also: does or will it serve its intended or at least declared purpose?'
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the document shows there is an 'overwhelming majority' of local government chiefs who support the controversial measure
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra will submit the review to Malacañang on Wednesday, June 17. He will not make it public unless Malacañang releases it from their end.
The Sangguniang Kabataan Federation of Cebu City shows its opposition to the anti-terrorism bill
'They can tap my phone, record my conversations, read my emails, hack my internet accounts, take photos and videos of anything I do for 30-60 days'
(3rd UPDATE) The Chief Executive has until July 9 to act on the controversial bill before it lapses into law
'We assure you that terrorism is not activism, and activism is not terrorism,' says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr
'It is a supreme irony that Filipinos suspected of being communist are being hounded and hunted down, while communists from Mainland China are being invited to tutor the Senate, most likely on how to lock down and fence us all in for effective social control'
The House of Representatives passes a controversial bill that could endanger the progressives, Moros, and Lumad among them due to terrorist-tagging
'An important issue, though less discussed in online debates, is the anti-terror bill’s implication on people’s access to humanitarian support'
'All these kinds of legal acrobatics, the law has been weaponized. And now the question is if it's codified into law, it becomes the norm,' says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa
'I have been a lawyer for 22 years now and I have not encountered these objectionable provisions that we found in the law,' says UC Law Professor Liza Eisma-Osorio
In truth, therefore, the word 'terror' in the title of the bill is very appropriate
Section 29 of the bill is very clear on the power of the anti-terror council to order arrests and detention lasting up to 24 days
'We feel that there is a need for this government to listen to its people and in turn reconsider and reassess the bill in its present form. There is no point rushing the process,' says Bishop Patricio Buzon of the Diocese of Bacolod
None of them were detained unlike the 8 individuals arrested for protesting in the University of the Philippines Cebu against the passage of the anti-terrorism bill a week ago
'Nakakatakot,' says former vice president Jejomar Binay of the anti-terror bill as he joins fellow lawyers for a picket in front of the Supreme Court
Opposition lawmakers say that the anti-terrorism bill, if passed, will kill freedoms
'It is right to be vigilant to abuses, but it is wrong to see a conspiracy behind every action of government,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano
'Independence does not die. Not even when all freedom-fighters are murdered.'
President Duterte's chief legal counsel claims the bill is constitutional and has enough safeguards against abuse
At least 30 groups and close to a 100 journalists sign a joint statement to 'renew our pledge to serve the people, to continue speaking truth to power, and to guard and defend freedom of the press and of expression from all threats'
‘We are encouraging everyone in the DILG to be responsible in posting their views and comments against the bill in their social media accounts’
'Sa mga pagkakataong may banta sa kalayaan ng isa, kailangang lahat tayo pumalag dahil ang tunay na binabantaan ay ang kalayaan ng lahat,' Vice President Leni Robredo says on Independence Day
The Filipino youth will bear the brunt of the anti-terror bill's long-lasting effects
The definitions are broader, detention is longer, and it has a 'killer' provision that equates dissent to terrorism
Villafuerte – among the closest allies of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano in the House – slams his colleagues for changing their votes
'Some would say this fear of the Anti-Terrorism Bill of 2020 is hypothetical as it is imaginary. There is nothing hypothetical or imaginary though with the story we have seen the last 4 years.'
'[C]ertain academics have recently argued that the legalization of armed movements in the country...would result in the end of their armed struggle. The academics’ arguments stand on shaky ground.'
19-year-old Clement Corominas is arrested after asking a cop, 'What is happening?'
In a statement, the family condemns the visit of the unidentified men and urges the public not to let harassment stop them from speaking up
With the youth and students at the forefront of speaking truth to power, how are they dealing with the threat of the pending anti-terror bill?
Will prosecutors be independent of the Secretary of Justice who will sit in the anti-terror council?
Most of the House members voted on the anti-terrorism bill through Zoom or a Viber group chat, methods that are prone to errors when there are a total of 302 lawmakers
(UPDATED) The anti-terrorism bill is now awaiting the signature of the President, unless he vetoes it. If he decides not to act on it, the bill will lapse into law after 30 days from receipt.