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Robredo pushes for safeguards in anti-terror law

Jul 05, 2020 - 6:07 PM

The Vice President says 'the fight is not yet over' in pointing out contentious provisions in the newly-signed law

ROBREDO. In this file photo, Vice President Leni Robredo addresses the public on November 25, 2019. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

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

[OPINION | Newspoint] A strategy of crackdown and cover-up

Jun 20, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'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'

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

[OPINION] When we're scared to share: Thoughts from an environmental advocate

Jun 18, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'They were already able to red-tag us without the bill, how much more so if it's passed?'

[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

[ANALYSIS] On the Anti-Terror Bill: Beyond constitutionality

Jun 17, 2020 - 3:13 PM

'The question is not only: is it constitutional? The question is also: does or will it serve its intended or at least declared purpose?'

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

[OPINION] Who’s afraid of the new anti-terrorism law?

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:44 AM

'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'

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

[OPINION] Where lies the terror?

Jun 15, 2020 - 3:26 PM

'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'

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

[OPINION] The humanitarian imperative and the threat of the Anti-Terror Bill

Jun 14, 2020 - 7:00 PM

'An important issue, though less discussed in online debates, is the anti-terror bill’s implication on people’s access to humanitarian support'

Democracy faces 'death by a thousand cuts' with looming anti-terror law – Maria Ressa

Jun 13, 2020 - 11:57 PM

'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

ANTI-TERRORISM BILL. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa says the anti-terrorism bill to endanger rights protected under the Constitution. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

University of Cebu Law School latest to join calls vs anti-terror bill

Jun 13, 2020 - 7:26 PM

'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

ANTI-TERROR BILL. A large group of police gather in front of the De La Salle University (DLSU) in Manila as members of the DLSU community conducts an Anti-Terror Bill rally inside the campus on Independence Day, JUne 12, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

[OPINION] Anti-Terror Law? Or Anti-Filipino Law?

Jun 13, 2020 - 5:00 PM

In truth, therefore, the word 'terror' in the title of the bill is very appropriate

Lawyers' group: Lacson 'dead wrong,' bill allows anti-terror council to order arrests

Jun 13, 2020 - 3:12 PM

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

ANTI-TERROR BILL. Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, an author and sponsor of the anti-terror bill, defends the measure from strong oppositions of legal groups. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

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

On Independence Day, Cayetano tells Filipinos 'freedom always comes at a price'

Jun 12, 2020 - 5:26 PM

'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

[OPINION] Independence in a time of terror

Jun 12, 2020 - 3:54 PM

'Independence does not die. Not even when all freedom-fighters are murdered.'

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'

No to anti-terror bill? DILG employees ‘advised’ against posting on social media

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:53 AM

‘We are encouraging everyone in the DILG to be responsible in posting their views and comments against the bill in their social media accounts’

Robredo on fight for freedom: Resist, because a threat to one is a threat to us all

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:39 AM

'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

SALUTE. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony in celebration of the 120th Independence Day held at Luneta Park in Manila on June 12, 2018. File photo by OVP

‘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

[OPINION] The politics of dissent

Jun 11, 2020 - 10:25 AM

'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.'

[OPINION] Let us think more critically about 'terrorism'

Jun 10, 2020 - 9:16 PM

'[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.'

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