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Beware of that two-faced clause in the anti-terror law

Jul 13, 2020 - 12:41 PM

The ‘flawed’ new Anti-Terrorism Law should delete a clause to clearly exclude protest and dissent from punishable acts, says a top terrorism analyst

PROTESTER. A masked rallyist protests the anti-terrorism bill at the University of the Philippines Diliman on June 12, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

28 Abu Sayyaf bandits killed for first half of 2020 – AFP

Jun 27, 2020 - 8:33 PM

29 Abu Sayyaf militants have surrendered during the same period

SURRENDEREES. An imam and two members of the Abu Sayyaf Group surrender to the Armed Forces of the Philippines on June 17, 2020. Photo from the AFP Western Mindanao Command Facebook page

Female, 3 other suspected ISIS-linked terrorists killed in Parañaque police raid

Jun 26, 2020 - 1:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Police reports say the suspects had links to Abu Sayyaf bomb expert Mundi Sawadjaan, who helped plot suicide bombings in Sulu in 2019

IN PLAIN SIGHT: The house in Parañaque City where 4 terrorist suspects were killed in a police raid on June 26, 2020. Photo sourced by Rappler.

Soldier killed, 9 others wounded in 'fierce firefight' with Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Jun 22, 2020 - 11:44 PM

Bloodstains on the terror group's escape path indicate an 'undetermined number' of casualties among its members, says the military in Western Mindanao

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

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’

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

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

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

[EXPLAINER] Can government employees post criticism of the anti-terror bill?

Jun 07, 2020 - 9:04 AM

Even those working in the private sector cannot be terminated, disciplined, or punished for posting something on Facebook or Twitter or showing up at rallies

FEATURED art: ‘Tapal’ (soft pastel and duct tape on black paper, 2000) by Elmer Borlongan. Used with the artist’s permission

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.

[EXPLAINER] Proposed Anti-Terror Act of 2020 a devil’s playground in the hands of a despot

Jun 06, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The bill suffers from obvious legal infirmities, essentially begging for a constitutional challenge

FEATURED art: ‘Tapal’ (soft pastel and duct tape on black paper, 2000) by Elmer Borlongan. Used with the artist’s permission

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

‘Terror law’: The pet bill of the generals

Jun 05, 2020 - 5:20 PM

‘You don’t deserve that kind of power. No one does,’ a farmers' party-list representative tells the military, referring to the proposed Anti-Terror Act of 2020, which is up for President Duterte's signature

SECURITY CLUSTER. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in a huddle with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr in this file photo from May 6, 2019. Photo by Rey Baniquet/Malacañang

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

Facebook cracks down on posts slamming anti-terror bill

Jun 05, 2020 - 2:04 PM

(UPDATED) The #JunkTerrorBill posts by Filipinos are marked as spam after they allegedly failed to comply with Facebook’s community standards. Facebook says it has since restored incorrectly removed posts.

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

'Recovery, not repression': Groups hit passing of anti-terror bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 7:25 PM

Various groups across key sectors say the approval of the bill reflects government's misplaced priorities

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

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

Marawi, 3 years on: 120,000 still displaced, now vulnerable to COVID-19

May 23, 2020 - 8:40 PM

The 5-month battle in 2017 left Marawi City's central district in ruins. Three years on, it is still a rubble and remains off-limits to residents.

TEMPORARY HOMES. Families in transitory shelters in Marawi City put up sari-sari stores to augment their income. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena

At least 3 Abu Sayyaf members killed as Sulu clashes continue

Apr 23, 2020 - 7:15 PM

Eight soldiers of the Philippine Army's 45th Infantry Battalion are wounded in the battle in Barangay Latih in Patikul, Sulu

Soldiers killed in Sulu clash hailed as heroes

Apr 18, 2020 - 2:59 PM

Friday’s encounter with the Abu Sayyaf Group in Patikul, Sulu, was the deadliest battle the military has fought in a long while, says the Philippine Army

ARMY SOLDIERS. In this file photo, Philippine Army troops battle the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Maguindanao. File photo from the Philippine Army

11 soldiers killed, 14 wounded in Sulu clash with Abu Sayyaf

Apr 17, 2020 - 8:46 PM

(4th UPDATE) Bloodstains on the clash site in Patikul, Sulu, indicate an undetermined number of casualties among the Abu Sayyaf Group, says the military

Kidnapped doctor rescued from Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Mar 25, 2020 - 3:15 PM

Army troops rescue Daniel Moreno, who was abducted in Jolo, Sulu, on February 4

JUNGLE TROOPS. Military soldiers in Basilan. Rappler file photo

4 soldiers killed in Maguindanao clashes with pro-ISIS militants

Mar 06, 2020 - 11:15 PM

Government troops recover the bodies of 5 militants, and are verifying reports of 9 other casualties from the terrorist Dawlah Islamiyah Torayfie Group

3 pro-ISIS militants killed in Maguindanao clashes – military

Mar 04, 2020 - 12:11 AM

Separatist terror groups pose a challenge to the newly established regional government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, which marks its first anniversary this month

VIOLENCE LINGERS. Firearms and ammunition recovered from fleeing members of an ISIS-linked group in Maguindanao. Photo from the AFP Western Mindanao Command

‘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

[EDITORIAL] The real terror in our midst

Mar 02, 2020 - 11:01 AM

While the terrorism threat is real, laws that empower dishonest, unprofessional policemen and give these petty gunslingers super powers are the bigger threats

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

2 Abu Sayyaf members killed in Sulu clash with military

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:09 AM

Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Taullah Abdurasa, also known as Amah Ollah, and a certain Baby Ollah are killed in the clash

ARMY SOLDIERS. Philippine Army troopers from the 30th Infantry Battalion at their headquarters in Placer, Surigao del Norte on August 2, 2016. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

After 2 and a half years, martial law ends in Mindanao

Dec 31, 2019 - 6:46 PM

(UPDATED) Security officials say Mindanao is stable enough to carry on without martial law, even as they still battle terrorist groups and communist rebels in some areas

STILL IN RUINS. A band of soldiers ride by the ruins of a mosque in Marawi City, where the May 2017 siege by ISIS-linked terrorists prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to place all of Mindanao under martial law. Photo by Noel Celis/Agence France-Presse

Families displaced by Maguindanao clashes cry for help

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Traumatized by the sound of bombs and guns, at least 2,000 families caught in the battle between terrorists and the military are staying in makeshift booths in open spaces, a Moro community leader tells Rappler

DRIVEN OUT. Skirmishes between the military and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters including the pro-ISIS Abu Torayfie Group in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, over the past week have driven some 800 families to flee their homes and stay in makeshift booths. Photo sourced by Rappler