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Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa said critics of the anti-terrorism bill shouldn’t blame the government if incidents of terrorism worsen in case the measure doesn’t become a law.

In a radi interview Sunday (June 14), Dela Rosa said the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 is crucial in boosting the government’s fight against terrorism.

Addressing those who are calling for the anti-terrorism bill to be junked, the senator said: “Sige junk ninyo. Kapag kayo nabiktima ng terorista, kapag may namatay sa mahal sa buhay ninyo kayo mismo huwag ninyo sisihin ang gobyerno na hindi gumagawa ng paraan para mahinto ang terrorism para masawata ang terrorism.”

Dela Rosa, a former chief of the Philippine National Police, cited the Marawi siege and bombings in Mindanao as examples of terrorism that the anti-terrorism bill seeks to avoid.

“Go ahead i-junk natin ito basta huwag ninyo sisihin ang gobyerno kapag nagkaletse-letse sa terrorism dito,” he said.

Dela Rosa stressed that the bill, which is awaiting President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature, doesn’t target activists.

“Magsigaw-sigaw ka diyan na ang gobyernong ito, demonyo, wala. Kahit murahin mo ang gobyerno, murahin mo ang Presidente, murahin mo kaming mga senador, hindi ka huhulihin dahil mere expression of dissent,” he said.

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