Philippine Anti-Terrorism bill - updates

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Duterte signs 'dangerous' anti-terror bill into law

Jul 03, 2020 - 5:56 PM

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

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on June 4, 2020. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Leaderless movement' urges Filipinos to join #VetoTerrorBill email protest

Jul 03, 2020 - 11:35 AM

'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

'We can do better': Bangsamoro gov't asks Duterte to veto anti-terrorism bill

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:55 AM

'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

CAPTION | COMMITMENT. BARMM chief minister Ahod Ebrahim promises to ensure transition of 40,000 fighters to civilian life. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

FALSE: No specific mention of warrantless arrests in the Constitution

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:45 PM

There are two sections in the 1987 Constitution that mention warrantless arrests

'Further chilling effect:' U.N. rights chief urges Duterte not to sign anti-terror bill

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:47 PM

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'

Protesters gather at the University of the Philippines in Diliman QC on June 12, 2020, for the Grand Mañanita Independence Day protest. Different groups converge in costumes, carrying placrds calling for the junking of the anti terror bill. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Military vows more offensives as Duterte insists NPA top terror threat in PH

Jun 23, 2020 - 4:40 PM

'We will strike while the iron is hot,' says the Armed Forces of the Philippines after Duterte steps up his rhetoric against communist rebels

SOLDIERS. Soldiers at a checkpoint wearing protective gear against the coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Jose Rizal Memorial State University

Cayetano: Congress can amend or repeal anti-terror law if abuses happen

Jun 19, 2020 - 8:04 PM

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

SPEAKER'S VOTE? Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano gestures as he presides over the plenary session on September 9, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Anti-terrorism bill well-intended but unclear – CHR

Jun 18, 2020 - 6:50 PM

'Napakaganda pakinggan ano ang intent ng ating mga legislators, pero hindi kasi nakasaad sa bill,' says CHR Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel Gana

RALLIES OKAY? A protester at the "Grand Mañanita" protest rally against the anti-terrorism bill at UP Diliman on June 12, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] The Anti-Terror Act is worse than Martial Law

Jun 18, 2020 - 3:07 PM

'[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'

Critics ready to petition vs anti-terror bill – and Carpio is one of them

Jun 17, 2020 - 6:47 PM

'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'

Carpio: House arrest clause of anti-terror bill violates right to bail

Jun 17, 2020 - 5:37 PM

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

HOUSE ARREST. The anti-terror bill's clause on house arrest even on bailable terror offenses is a violation of the constitutional right to bail, says retired justice Antonio Carpio. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH situation 'worse than martial law' under anti-terror bill – Carpio

Jun 17, 2020 - 5:27 PM

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

WORSE THAN MARTIAL LAW. Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the anti-terror bill is a permanent state worse than martial law. Rappler Screenshot

Año hands Malacañang list of LGU chiefs supporting anti-terror bill

Jun 17, 2020 - 11:02 AM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the document shows there is an 'overwhelming majority' of local government chiefs who support the controversial measure

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año at a press conference on the Continued implementation of the Presidential Directive to clear Roads of Illegal Obstructions, on Monday, February 17, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Consider the Constitution': Groups urge DOJ to recommend veto of anti-terror bill

Jun 16, 2020 - 8:24 PM

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.

Address terrorism but not at expense of human rights, Cebu City SK urges

Jun 16, 2020 - 7:39 PM

The Sangguniang Kabataan Federation of Cebu City shows its opposition to the anti-terrorism bill

Duterte 'inclined' to sign anti-terror bill – Roque

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:13 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Chief Executive has until July 9 to act on the controversial bill before it lapses into law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on June 15, 2020. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Defending anti-terror bill, Esperon bares arrest of 8 Abu Sayyaf 'sleepers'

Jun 15, 2020 - 8:30 PM

'We assure you that terrorism is not activism, and activism is not terrorism,' says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

HERMOGENES ESPERON JR. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr at a Senate hearing on February 3, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Bacolod bishop urges Duterte: Listen to the people, veto anti-terror bill

Jun 13, 2020 - 12:06 PM

'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

PROTEST. The youth and human rights advocates, with Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon, at the Independence Day protest in front of the Bishop's House. Photo courtesy of Gino Lopez

Supporters of anti-terror bill in Cebu City allowed to rally on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2020 - 9:02 PM

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

DOUBLE STANDARDS. Police personnel were seen taking pictures of anti-terror bill supporters in the same morning police in riot uniforms were stationed in UP Cebu. Screenshot from a video posted by Bayan Central Visayas

Can lawyers' growing calls vs anti-terror bill be crossroads for Duterte?

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:29 PM

'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

With impending anti-terror law, lawmakers urge Filipinos to guard freedoms

Jun 12, 2020 - 5:32 PM

Opposition lawmakers say that the anti-terrorism bill, if passed, will kill freedoms

PROTESTS. Thousands of brave the rain to protest the anti terrorism bill during the Grand Mananita Independence Day rally inside the University of the Philippine campus in Diliman, Quezon on June 12, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Panelo recommends signing of anti-terrorism bill

Jun 12, 2020 - 3:18 PM

President Duterte's chief legal counsel claims the bill is constitutional and has enough safeguards against abuse

'TETE-A-TETE.' President Rodrigo Duterte one-on-one with Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo is postponed due to 'pressing matters.' Malacañang photo

Never again, vow Filipino journalists on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2020 - 12:35 PM

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'

‘Mas dapat magalit’: Filipino youth face dangerous future with anti-terror bill

Jun 12, 2020 - 10:05 AM

The Filipino youth will bear the brunt of the anti-terror bill's long-lasting effects

[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: Dissecting anti-terror bill and threats to freedoms

Jun 11, 2020 - 5:56 PM

The definitions are broader, detention is longer, and it has a 'killer' provision that equates dissent to terrorism

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

The bystander of Cebu 8: 'I got arrested for asking a question'

Jun 10, 2020 - 4:06 PM

19-year-old Clement Corominas is arrested after asking a cop, 'What is happening?'

BYSTANDER. Clement Corominas. Photo courtesy of Corominas.

Family of #JunkTerrorBill protester in Cebu gets harassed by unidentified men

Jun 10, 2020 - 8:22 AM

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

[PODCAST] Making Space: Braving the anti-terror bill as student-journalists

Jun 09, 2020 - 7:17 PM

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?

DOJ's precarious role in the contested anti-terror bill

Jun 09, 2020 - 7:09 PM

Will prosecutors be independent of the Secretary of Justice who will sit in the anti-terror council?

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

Congress transmits anti-terrorism bill to Malacañang

Jun 09, 2020 - 11:56 AM

(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.

ANTI-TERRORISM BILL. Protesters gather inside the University of the Philippines campus on June 4, 2020, to protest the passing of the anti-terrorism bill at the House of Representatives. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

[OPINION] The Philippine military and its hypocrisy

Jun 09, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Who is the biggest recruiter for the communist movement? Surely the generals know?

8 arrested in Cebu anti-terror bill rally ordered released without bail

Jun 08, 2020 - 5:41 PM

The judge's release order for the 7 activists and one bystander does not require a bail amount. The 'Cebu 8' have already spent some 36 hours in detention.

RELEASED. Photographed here are 7 of 8 individuals arrested at the anti-terror bill rally in Cebu City on Friday, June 5. Contributed photo

DOJ defends terror bill's dissent exception, but leaves out 'killer' caveat

Jun 08, 2020 - 5:26 PM

DOJ Spokesperson Markk Perete says Section 4's exception on dissent 'should calm concerns,' but he leaves out a 'killer' provision. It's the provision on intent.

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. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

As lawmakers change votes, Malacañang yet to receive anti-terror bill

Jun 08, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Days after the highly divisive anti-terror bill hurdled Congress, the House still has not released the official breakdown of how lawmakers voted

PROTEST. 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

Makati lawmaker blocks Facebook messages on anti-terror bill vote

Jun 08, 2020 - 2:35 PM

As users share that they were blocked, Makati City 2nd District Representative Luis Campos says his social media page managers are 'just being careful' since there are 'many trolls'

[EDITORIAL] 'Terror bill' ang veerus na papatay sa kalayaan

Jun 08, 2020 - 12:26 PM

Ang anti-terrorism bill ay 'palaruan ng mga demonyo,' isang 'prelude to hell' sa ilalim ng isang despotiko

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

Cebu City mayor says public has right to assemble even during health emergency

Jun 07, 2020 - 12:00 AM

Despite the heavy-handed tactics of the cops in dispersing a peaceful protest, the Cebu City police are 'professional policemen' and the mayor says he trusts their judgement

DEMONSTRATION. Cebu police haul off a demonstrator at the gate of the University of the Philippines Cebu. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

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

PNP denies using excessive force, violating U.P. agreement in Cebu dispersal

Jun 06, 2020 - 3:12 PM

The police, who were in riot gear and carrying long firearms, claim that they were the ones assaulted by the unarmed protesters

FORMATION. Cebu City police stand outside the University of the Philippines Cebu during a protest against the anti-terror bill. Photo by Gelo Lintonjua/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.

Business groups oppose 'highly divisive' anti-terror bill

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:04 PM

During the coronavirus pandemic, what the country needs is 'national unity' and not a bill that 'poses clear and present danger to human rights,' 8 business groups say in a joint statement

JUNK TERROR BILL. In this file photo, militant groups march from Philcoa to the UP Quezon Hall in Quezon City on June 3, 2020, to protest against the passing of House Bill No. 6875, also known as the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

U.P. Cebu to probe whether cops violated U.P.-DND accord in arrest of protesters

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Under the accord, the police and the military are not allowed to conduct operations within the vicinity of UP campuses without prior notice or approval of the UP administration

How to help activists arrested in Cebu City

Jun 05, 2020 - 6:18 PM

Several organizations amplify the call for donations to raise a community bail fund for anti-terrorism activists in Cebu City