outbrain
Close  

Lorenzana: Fear of new anti-terror law baseless

/ 08:15 PM June 01, 2020

MANILA, Philippines—Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday (June 1) branded criticisms against the new anti-terrorism legislation being hammered out by Congress as baseless.

“My only comment to those opposing this is there’s no basis for their opposition,” Lorenzana said at a press briefing. “I read the proposed law. Human rights is sufficiently covered by provisions,” he said, speaking in Filipino.

ADVERTISEMENT

He said the proposed law has enough sanctions against law enforcers who would abuse their authority under the anti-terror measure.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, a former military chief, supported Lorenzana.

FEATURED STORIES

“We should be able to prepare,” Ano said. “This is very timely so that if we return to the new normal, our laws are ready for enforcement and we will not have a problem with terrorism,” he said in Filipino.

He gave an assurance that the proposed law carries enough safeguards against abuse of power.

President Rodrigo Duterte, also on Monday, certified the bill as urgent. It seeks amendments to the country’s existing anti-terror law and the certification from Duterte meant Congress should speed up its passage.

The #JunkTerrorBill became a trending topic on Twitter on Friday (May 29) as netizens raised concerns over possible violation of basic rights by the proposed legislation.

Edited by TSB
Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Congress, Defense, law, Legislation, Military, Terrorism
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.