Rappler's latest stories on Philippine anti-terror bill
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
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
'[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we must all work to have the objectionable provisions in the anti-terrorism act invalidated by the Supreme Court or repealed by Congress'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
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
(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
The House of Representatives passes a controversial bill that could endanger the progressives, Moros, and Lumad among them due to terrorist-tagging
'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
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'
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
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.
Who is the biggest recruiter for the communist movement? Surely the generals know?
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.
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.
Days after the highly divisive anti-terror bill hurdled Congress, the House still has not released the official breakdown of how lawmakers voted
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'
Ang anti-terrorism bill ay 'palaruan ng mga demonyo,' isang 'prelude to hell' sa ilalim ng isang despotiko
'Diyos ko naman. Nakakapanlumo,' says Vice President Leni Robredo
'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
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
'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
The police, who were in riot gear and carrying long firearms, claim that they were the ones assaulted by the unarmed protesters
(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
'Once you're labeled a terrorist, the authorities can justify whatever they may do to you,' says Tsinkay Porquia
The youth protesters are allegedly threatened by police for mobilizing
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
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
Several organizations amplify the call for donations to raise a community bail fund for anti-terrorism activists in Cebu City