- The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 has been criticized by many netizens on social media
- Among those netizens who got alarmed by the new anti-terror bill were celebrities
- They include Janine Gutierrez, Solenn Heussaff, K Brosas, and Senator Kiko Pangilinan’s daughter, Frankie Pangilinan
- The bill’s critics argue that it has the potential to be abused and used against critics of the government
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Senate Bill 1083, also known as the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, has been criticized by many netizens due to the possibility of the bill being used against critics of the government.
Among those netizens who got alarmed by the new anti-terror bill were celebrities.
They include Janine Gutierrez, Solenn Heussaff, K Brosas, and Senator Kiko Pangilinan’s daughter, Frankie Pangilinan.
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Here are their viral tweets about the subject:
Janine Gutierrez and Solenn Heussaff: “JUNK THE ANTI-TERRORISM BILL AND UPHOLD HUMAN RIGHTS! - Sign the Petition!”
K Brosas: “Urgent?? Parang May mas dapat pong mauna kesa jan.. haaaay..”
Frankie Pangilinan: “even tweeting any thoughts against the government can, and likely will, be considered an ‘act of terrorism’ under this bill. it’s an infringement upon our most basic human rights.”
The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 extends the number of days suspected terrorists can be detained without a warrant – from three days under the current law to up to 14 days, which can be extended for another 10 days.
The bill also removed the provision under the Human Security Act that a person wrongfully accused of terrorism must be paid half a million pesos in damages for each day he or she is detained.
Any person who shall threaten to commit any act of terrorism, propose any terroristic acts or incite others to commit terrorism will be imprisoned for 12 years, under the new bill. It also allows the authorities to conduct a 60-day surveillance on suspected terrorists and force telcos to divulge their calls and messages.
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