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Bangsamoro’s fear over anti-terror bill ‘unfounded’, says Palace

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang branded as “unfounded” the concern of the Bangsamoro leaders that the anti-terrorism bill would lead to abuses against Moros.

The Bangsamoro Transition Authority recently adopted a resolution urging President Rodrigo Duterte to veto the new anti-terrorism legislation.

“They may have prejudged the proposed law,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement Friday.

“Passing a class legislation against the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), I would like to stress, would not even cross the minds of the proponents of the said bill,” added Roque, stressing that the proposal is meant to stop terrorists and terrorism and not against a particular ethnic group.

“The President understands this better as he is from Mindanao. Having said this, he will take into account the appeal of the Bangsamoro leaders when the proposed bill reaches his desk.”

Once signed into law, the anti-terror bill calls for 12 years imprisonment to anyone who shall threaten to commit terrorism and those who will propose any terroristic acts or incite others to commit terrorism.

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