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Criminalizing red-tagging a ‘tall order’ in Senate — Lacson

/ 12:30 PM December 14, 2020
'Red-tagging' probe: Lacson says 'unfair' to 'shut out either party' in future hearings

Sen. Panfilo Lacson. (Albert Calvelo/Senate PRIB File)

MANILA, Philippines — Passing a measure that would criminalize red-tagging will be a “tall order” in the Senate, Senator Panfilo Lacson said Monday.

Lacson, who led a Senate inquiry into alleged red-tagging by military officials as chair of the chamber’s defense committee, earlier said he is “seriously” considering proposals to make red-tagging a crime but believes he will not get a lot of support from his fellow senators.

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“I took the inputs of at least two legal luminaries, [lawyer and professor] Tony La Vina and [Commission on Human Rights] Commissioner [Karen] Gomez-Dumpit. You cannot just disregard their inputs because according to them, red-tagging may be criminalized because freedom of speech is not absolute after all,” the senator said in an interview over CNN Philippines.

“That’s where I am coming from when I said I am seriously considering criminalizing red-tagging. But I know it is a tall order as far as my colleagues in the Senate are concerned,” he added.

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According to Lacson, his committee is still collating all the information during the three public hearings conducted on the issue of red-tagging.

“I cannot just deny the fact that both sides presented their cases regarding red-tagging. Dean Antonio La Vina and CHR Commissioner Dumpit both contended that red-tagging may be criminalized,” he said.

“On the other side, the security sector said that if we criminalize red-tagging we might as well criminalize fascist-tagging or dictator-tagging. So when will this end? Right now, what we are doing in the committee is to collate and evaluate all information and testimonies we gathered during the hearings,” he added.

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