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House of terror: How the lower chamber let slip a 'killer' bill

Jun 14, 2020 - 7:09 PM

The House of Representatives passes a controversial bill that could endanger the progressives, Moros, and Lumad among them due to terrorist-tagging

Lawmakers' changing of anti-terror bill vote has 'no more bearing' – Villafuerte

Jun 11, 2020 - 11:40 AM

Villafuerte – among the closest allies of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano in the House – slams his colleagues for changing their votes

HOUSE DEPUTY SPEAKER. Camarines Sur 2nd District Representative Luis Raymund Villafuerte gestures during a hearing in February 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Some House members' votes on anti-terror bill incorrectly recorded

Jun 09, 2020 - 6:40 PM

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

IN SESSION. Only a few lawmakers are allowed to physically attend the session on May 13, 2020 as a precaution against COVID-19. File photo courtesy of PPAB

Robredo: Why rush anti-terrorism bill during pandemic?

Jun 07, 2020 - 6:25 PM

'Diyos ko naman. Nakakapanlumo,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

PRIORITIES. Vice President Leni Robredo gave a message at the formal opening of The Medical City-South Luzon COVID-19 Complex of Hope at Greenfield City in Santa Rosa City, Laguna on Monday, May 11, 2020. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Bangsamoro lawyers, law students reject anti-terror bill

Jun 07, 2020 - 8:48 AM

'We support a just, humane law that will combat terrorism, and aid in our efforts toward a more harmonious and peaceful society. We regret that this is not the anti-terror bill,' say the lawyers, including Bangsamoro government Attorney General Sha Elijah Dumama-Alba

BANGSAMORO LAWYER. Bangsamoro Attorney General Sha Elijah Dumama-Alba. Photo from BARMM

DOJ starts review of constitutionality of anti-terror bill

Jun 06, 2020 - 6:17 PM

'You appear to be a decent and honorable man, unlike many. Your principal will not be there forever, but your reputation and integrity will outlive you,' human rights lawyer Edre Olalia pleads to fellow Atenean lawyer Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

REVIEW. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the Department of Justice (DOJ) will review the constitutionality of the highly contested anti-terror bill. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Lagman urges Cayetano not to transmit anti-terror bill to Duterte yet

Jun 06, 2020 - 2:57 PM

(UPDATED) 'It would afford both the House of Representatives and the Senate to make their own respective reviews of the measure to cleanse it of constitutional infirmities,' says opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman

ANTI TERROR BILL. Protesters gather inside the University of the Philippines campus on June 4, 2020, to protest the passing of the anti-terrorism bill or HB 6875 in congress on June 3. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Close to home: Daughter of slain activist warns anti-terror bill will 'normalize' killings

Jun 06, 2020 - 12:32 PM

'Once you're labeled a terrorist, the authorities can justify whatever they may do to you,' says Tsinkay Porquia

Youth-led protesters slam Bacolod lawmaker for anti-terror vote

Jun 06, 2020 - 10:17 AM

The youth protesters are allegedly threatened by police for mobilizing

PROTEST. Youth protesters, along with members of the progressive groups and religious sector, troop to the office of Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya on Friday, June 5, to call for the abolition of the anti-terror bill. Photo courtesy of Paghimutad.

Cayetano justifies anti-terror bill: ‘Let us read before we criticize’

Jun 05, 2020 - 2:41 PM

'Basahin natin before we criticize, because ang daling sabihin eh [na may] repression, wala ng democracy, draconian,' says House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

House Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano at a press conference in Congress on Monday, February, 24, 2020. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

Ateneo priests, La Salle brothers join forces vs anti-terror bill

Jun 05, 2020 - 1:28 PM

'Instead of being a measure to protect our people, in the wrong hands, this bill can be used to oppress our people,' warned the Jesuit priests and the La Salle brothers

ATENEO LEADER. Father Jose Ramon Villarin, president of Ateneo de Manila University, is one of the signatories of a joint Ateneo-La Salle statement against the anti-terror bill. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Comparing dangers in old law and anti-terror bill

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:28 AM

The 2020 anti-terror bill 'penalizes' freedom of speech, which makes it open to a challenge just on its face, according to retired justice Antonio Carpio

ANTI TERROR BILL. Various groups took to the streets June 4, 2020, at the University of the Philippines in Diliman in Quezon City to protest the Anti Terror Bill. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.N. report raises concern over 'problematic' PH anti-terror bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 6:31 PM

The United Nations Human Rights Office warns that the Philippines' anti-terrorism bill 'dilutes human rights safeguards' and is 'even more problematic' than the current Human Security Act

DEFENDING RIGHTS. Groups march from Philcoa to the UP Quezon Hall in Quezon City on June 3, 2020, to protest against the passing of the anti-terrorism bill. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Military ‘pleased’ with Congress passage of anti-terror bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 4:51 PM

The bill does not seem to add any new power to the armed forces, says military spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo

EDGARD AREVALO. Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo during a media briefing in August 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Where the Philippines goes, America follows

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:30 AM

We have thousands of George Floyds. But they’re abused not because of the color of their skin as much as because of where and how they live.

Once a primary author, Biazon withdraws support, votes no to anti-terror bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:19 AM

His reason? The House leadership did not allow any lawmaker to propose amendments to the bill that is an exact replica of what senators had passed

WITHDRAWAL. Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon explains his negative vote on the anti-terror bill via Zoom on June 3, 2020. Screenshot from the House of Representatives YouTube account

Mindanao lawmakers: Anti-terror bill will further incite violence, not end terrorism

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:23 PM

'This law is not meant to combat terrorism. It is meant to give the state the power to tag whomever they please as a terrorist. Hindi pa ba tayo natuto?' says House Deputy Speaker Mujiv Hataman of Basilan

JUNK TERROR BILL. A protester raises a sign against the anti-terror law outside the University of the Philippines' Quezon Hall in Quezon City on June 3, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'Draconian' anti-terror bill, feared to be used vs gov't critics, hurdles Congress

Jun 03, 2020 - 6:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The bill would allow the proposed Anti-Terror Council, which would be composed of top Cabinet officials, to order the arrest of people it deems to be terrorists

JUNK TERROR BILL. Groups from different sectors stage a protest caravan and noise barrage outside the gates of the House on June 3, 2020 demanding the scrapping of the anti-terrorism bill. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Robredo: Is lethal anti-terror bill against terrorists or critics?

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:42 PM

'Ang tanong ko nga: terorismo ba talaga ang tuon ng [anti-] terror bill? O gusto lang nitong bigyan ng kapangyarihan ang estado para bansagang terorista kung sino man ang kanilang gusto?'

OPPOSITION LEADER. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines's annual Prospects for the Philippines Conference on January 30, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Catholic, Protestant leaders condemn anti-terror bill

Jun 03, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Christian leaders warn that silence about the Philippines' proposed anti-terror law 'only assures the impending destruction and abuse of our people'

VOICE OF FAITH. Church representatives join a protest outside Congress on June 3, 2020, to condemn the proposed anti-terror law in the Philippines. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Anti-terror bill one step away from House final approval

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:07 PM

Lawmakers are bent on ratifying the bill into law before Congress adjourns on Friday, June 5.

#JunkTerrorBill: Sign this petition to help uphold human rights

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Defend UPLB warns that the bill has the potential to silence critics of the government. Take a stand and sign the petition to persuade Congress to drop the measure.

Screenshot from Defend UPLB's change.org petition

Duterte certifies as urgent anti-terrorism bill feared to clamp down on basic rights

Jun 01, 2020 - 7:39 PM

Security officials want the controversial law passed before Congress adjourns on June 5

PROTEST RALLY. Activists gather outside the House of Representatives to protest the proposed anti-terrorism bill on March 3, 2020. Photo courtesy of Saka, Sinag Bayan, and UMA

Groups mourn murder of urban poor leader

Jun 01, 2020 - 4:39 PM

Kabataan party worries that many would face the same fate as Kadamay leader Carlito Badion if the anti-terror bill is passed

Fears of losing freedoms escalate as Congress rushes to pass anti-terror bill

May 30, 2020 - 11:16 PM

The bill would empower a council of top cabinet officials to do functions usually reserved for the courts, like ordering the warrantless arrest and detention of people and groups perceived to be terrorists

ANTI TERROR BILL. Anakpawis Party-list and peasant group from Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas rally in 2018 against the Human Security Act of 2007 which SB 1083 or the Anti Terror Bill seeks to repeal and strengthen. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

House joint committee adopts Senate version of toughened anti-terrorism bill

May 29, 2020 - 9:37 PM

(UPDATED) The move fast-tracks the passage of a proposed law that broadens the definition of terrorism and heightens punishment of convicted terrorists, but which the opposition sees as a clampdown on dissent

PROTEST RALLY. Activists gather outside the House of Representatives to protest the proposed anti-terrorism bill on March 3, 2020. Photo courtesy of Saka, Sinag Bayan, and UMA

‘Dissent is duty, not crime’: Filipinos slam anti-terrorism bill

May 29, 2020 - 9:05 PM

#JunkTerrorBill tops Twitter trends as Filipinos online criticize the dangerous provisions of the anti-terror bill

‘Hard sell?’ Military boasts rosy poll results as it faces criticism over new anti-terror bill

Mar 05, 2020 - 7:58 AM

An SWS poll shows high public satisfaction with the AFP, just as Congress decides on a law that gives the military broader powers in pursuing terror suspects

THE MARINES. Soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines' Marine Corps. File photo by Darren Langit

‘Unconstitutional’ anti-terrorism bill targets dissenters, not terrorists – Colmenares

Mar 03, 2020 - 7:33 PM

'Hindi talaga para ito sa mga Abu Sayyaf or terrorista o sino pa mang tinatawag na terorista… Kailangan ito para doon sa dissenters, sa oposisyon,' says NUPL chair Neri Colmenares

REPEAL HUMAN SECURITY ACT. Activists gather outside the House of Representatives to protest against the proposed anti-terrorism bill on March 3, 2020. Photo courtesy of Saka, Sinag Bayan, and UMA

Senate approves anti-terrorism bill on final reading

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:49 PM

Senators Risa Hontiveros and Francis Pangilinan vote against the measure and warn of its possible abuse

DESTROYED. Remnants of what's left in Marawi after local terrorist groups attempted to take the city. Rappler file photo

Lorenzana not inclined to recommend Mindanao martial law extension

Nov 11, 2019 - 1:29 PM

The defense chief says he is waiting for the military and police to give their input, and President Duterte will still have the final say on the matter

DEFENSE CHIEF Delfin Lorenzana doesn't feel the need to put Mindanao under martial law for another year. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Esperon says no need to extend martial law if Human Security Act is amended

Oct 25, 2019 - 8:35 PM

Security officials are also considering the opinion of local government units in assessing whether another extension of martial law in Mindanao is needed

MILITARY RULE. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says amendments to the Human Security Act are among the factors being eyed when considering an extension to military rule in Mindanao. File photo by Manman Dejeto

Military pushes proposal to amend 'weak' anti-terrorism law

Aug 15, 2019 - 11:42 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines calls for more drastic powers against terror suspects as Congress moves forward with amending the Human Security Act of 2007

TOUGHER LAW. AFP Spokeperson BGEN. Edgar Arevalo at a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘Security before human rights’: Lorenzana wants tougher law vs terrorism

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:26 PM

The defense chief wants longer warrantless detention for terror suspects to give security agencies more time to build cases against them

SECURITY FIRST. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at the Senate on January 16, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Martial law 'needed' because anti-terror law outdated – Año

Nov 18, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'Walang gumagamit ng Human Security Act,' says Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año

AMENDMENT NEEDED. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año at his office inside Camp Crame. Rappler screenshot

Anti-terrorism law weak, Senate wants longer surveillance, detention of suspects

Oct 01, 2018 - 7:28 PM

Proposed amendments to the Human Security Act include increasing surveillance to at least 90 days and detention to at least 30 days for 'suspected terrorists'

MONITOR. Amendments to the Human Security act eye longer periods of surveillance and detention.

DOJ didn’t verify before seeking terrorist tag for 649 people

Aug 06, 2018 - 12:09 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says: 'The DOJ itself did not have any personal verification of any connection by these individuals with the CPP or the NPA'

JUSTICE SECRETARY. The DOJ didn'€™t verify names before seeking terrorist tag for 649 people, says DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

State surveillance: A necessary evil?

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Proponents of state surveillance argue that monitoring individuals is necessary in the interest of 'national security'. But who defines what 'national security' is? To what extent is state surveillance legal?

DOJ formally seeks court declaration of CPP-NPA as terrorists

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:47 PM

The DOJ says the CPP-NPA was 'merely buying time' when it entered in peace talks with the government

NPA GUERILLA - NPA guerillas inside their camp in Km. 15 barangay San isidro, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

PH a haven for terrorists? AFP, PNP point to 'so much democratic space'

Oct 09, 2017 - 3:30 PM

AFP chief Eduardo Año and PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa both say the Philippines must strengthen security and anti-terrorism legislation

SECURITY CHIEFS. AFP chief Eduardo Ano (L) and PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa (R) say laws need to be tightened to prevent terrorism from proliferating in the country. Rappler file photo