- The President of the Republic of the Philippines has signed into law the Anti-Terror Bill
- This was revealed by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and also by Interior Secretary Eduardo Año
- International institutions like the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights, as well as local institutions like the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, made strong objections to the signing of the said bill
- The measure eliminates provision on payment of damages against a person acquitted of terrorism charges and imposes imprisonment of 12 years for those who propose acts of terrorism, incites terrorism and commits terrorism
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The 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines, His Excellency President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, signed the controversial "Anti-Terror Bill" into law.
KAMI learned that Duterte signed the bill despite the strong opposition from local institutions as well as international institutions.
Foremost among the groups that expressed objection against the bill was the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights.
The Bangsamoro Transition Authority is another group that expressed anxiety over it.
Retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, in Rappler's report, stated that the law can be questioned on its face because it touches upon fundamental constitutional rights like the right against an arrest without a court warrant.
GMA stated that on Tuesday, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, asked the President not to sign the bill as the primary concern of the international community is the blurring of important distinctions between terrorism, criminality, and criticism.
Some of the feared provisions include imprisonment of 12 years for those who will propose, incite, or do terrorist acts.
Those who will volunteer or join an organization or group knowing it's a terrorist group would likewise be meted out the same imprisonment.
In the amended law, the Human Security Act of 2007, the provision that provides for the payment of damages of P500,000 for each day that a person was wrongfully detained, was eradicated.
Some of the reactions for politicians and celebs include:
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It was Sen. Tito Sotto who confirmed that the Anti-Terror Bill was already sent to the President. He also mentioned that it was just waiting for PRRD to sign it.
Many sectors of society expressed their opposition against the bill. One of them was Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray.
The Anti-Terror Bill is a controversial bill. Many claimed it to be dangerous once signed into law.
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