Indigenous peoples file 26th case vs terror law
Moro, “lumad” and other indigenous peoples’ (IPs) groups on Friday filed in the Supreme Court the 26th case challenging the validity of Republic Act No. 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.
The 72-page petition was filed by Kalipunan ng nga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (Katribu) international solidarity officer Beverly Longid, Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance chair Windel Bolinget, Sandugo Alliance of Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self-Determination cochair Joanna Carino, Moro-Christian Peoples Alliance convener Amira Lidasan, and Ako Bakwit chair Samira Gutoc.
Individual petitioners include members of IP communities.
The indigenous groups said the alleged vague and arbitrary definitions of terror crimes under the law were susceptible to abuse and might be used against IPs and their supporters advocating for the right of self-determination and self-governance.
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