Soon it will be final, the Anti-Terror Bill now only needs Duterte’s signature as of this writing.
But the general public has this mixed emotions and stand.
What our politician says:
“This is terrorism against human rights. This is terrorism against our democracy,” said Carlos Zarate, one of those who opposed the legislation.
“Is terrorism really the focus of the Terror Bill? Or is it just interested in giving the state the powers to call anyone a terrorist?” says Vice President Leni Robredo.
On the other hand, Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana defended the proposal, saying, “the people need not fear”, because there were civil liberties “safeguards” in place.
Jericho Nograles, also said that under the law “activism is not terrorism”, adding that there are sufficient safeguards in place to prevent abuse.
What the bill says
The bill penalizes those who will propose, incite, conspire, participate in the planning, training, preparation, and facilitation of a terrorist act; as well as those who will provide material support to terrorists, and recruit members in a terrorist organization.
According to the bill, any person who shall threaten to commit terrorism, and those who will propose any terroristic acts or incite others to commit terrorism shall suffer the penalty of 12 years.
Any person who shall voluntarily and knowingly join any organization, association or group of persons knowing that such is a terrorist organization, shall likewise suffer imprisonment of 12 years. The same penalty shall be imposed on any person found liable as an accessory in the commission of terrorism.
Meanwhile, those who will be proven guilty of engaging in a conspiracy to commit terrorism shall be penalized by life imprisonment without the benefit of parole.
The bill states that terrorism is committed by a person who within or outside the Philippines, regardless of the stage of execution:
– Engages in acts intended to cause death or serious bodily injury to any person, or endangers a person’s life;
– Engages in acts intended to cause extensive damage or destruction to a government or public facility, public place or private property;
– Engages in acts intended to cause extensive interference with, damage or destruction to critical infrastructure;
– Develops, manufactures, possesses, acquires, transport, supplies or uses weapons, explosives or of biological, nuclear, radiological or chemical weapons; and
– Release of dangerous substances, or causing fire, floods or explosions
The bill also seeks the establishment of Philippine jurisdiction over Filipino nationals who may join and fight with terrorist organizations outside the Philippines and ensure that foreign terrorists do not use the country as a transit point and as a safe haven to plan and train new recruits for terrorist attacks in other countries.
The bill likewise removed the provision on payment of P500,000 damages per day of detention of any person acquitted of terrorism charges.
A suspected person can also be detained without a warrant of arrest for 14 calendar days, extendible by 10 days, according to the bill.
With the given premises. Are you in favor with the Anti-terrorism Bill?