BY ED LIBRANDA
FINALLY, ANTI-TERROR IS HERE
Many of the political pundits in the political arena in the Philippines are voicing their opposition to the newly approved anti-terror law which was signed by the President last week, few days before it automatically lapsed into law.
The yellowtards whose list of members have been trying to bring down the leadership and administration of President Digong starting from day one that the President has started to wield his power as head of the Republic
Nobody should be afraid of the forthcoming IMPLEMENTING RULES AND REGULATION (IRR) of the Anti-Terror Law. If you are a law-abiding citizen of the Republic, you should not be worried about your physical protection.
And press freedom is well alive in all the four corners of the Philippine Archipelago. Freedom of the speech and freedom of the press is enshrined in the 1987 Constitution.
Article III Section 4 of the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines specifies that no law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech or the freedom of the press.
The democratic Philippines states that "a free and independent press has been theorized to be a key mechanism of a functioning, healthy democracy. In the absence of censorship, journalism exists as a watchdog of private and government action, providing information to maintain an informed citizenry of voters."
Maria Ressa, a staunch critic of the President has repeatedly criticized him in his administration especially in the manner in which his anti-drug drive campaign has been successfully implemented by no less than his former police director in Davao City, now senator Ronald "Bato" de la Rosa who became President Digong's first Philippine National Police (PNP) director-general.
Even Senate President Vicente Sotto III has assured the Filipinos that the Anti-Terrorism Act is "full of safeguards" and will instead be "strong against terrorists."
The co-author of the law, Sen. Panfilo "Piing" Lacson, himself a former head of the Philippine National Police (PNP), has lauded the President for his strong political will amid strong opposition from the Senate minority group headed by Sen. Franklin Drilon.
Our country needs a strong deterrent against those who are planning to overthrow the duly constituted government. Any action that tends to disrupt the normal course of governance is a total nuisance for the effective implementation of its infrastructure and the well-being of its citizenry.
“While threats to our national security need to be addressed, the law, as crafted, is oppressive and inconsistent with our Constitution, hence, the petition. This fight against terrorism should not and should never be a threat to the fundamental freedoms of all peaceful Filipinos,” the petitioners, led by lawyer Howard Calleja, said.
Under the revised law of Human Security Act of 2007 and now the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020,, "it permits the authorities to arrest people it designates as "terrorists" without a judicial warrant and to detain them without charge for up to 24 days before they must be presented before a judicial authority.
Before, in the revised Human Security of 2007, and under existing law, terrorism suspects must be brought before a judge in three days. Human Rights Watch (HRW) believes that anyone taken into custody should appear before a judge within 48 hours.
Whether the group of UP law professor Howard Calleja will succeed in their submitted petition assailing Republic Act 11467 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 with the Supreme Court, it will take some time to finally render a decision on this highly controversial law.