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Ba’t kasi minamadali? Pangilinan, Hontiveros urge gov’t: Focus on COVID-19 instead of anti-terrorism bill

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Senators Francis Pangilinan and Risa Hontiveros urged the government Tuesday (June 2) to focus on matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic instead of rushing to pass a controversial anti-terrorism bill.

In separate statements, Pangilinan and Hontiveros expressed dismay with President Rodrigo Duterte’s certification as urgent of House Bill 6875 or the proposed amendments to the Human Security Act of 2007.

“Terrorized na ang mga kababayan natin dahil sa COVID-19, ang nakakamatay at nakakahawang sakit. Mas nate-terrorize pa dahil sa kawalan ng trabaho at hanapbuhay na dulot ng iba’t ibang klase ng lockdown na pinataw sa ating mamamayan at ekonomiya,” Pangilinan said.

“I believe it is open to abuse. This is one compelling reason why I voted against it,” he added.

Pangilinan and Hontiveros voted against the Senate counterpart of HB 6875 when it was passed by the chamber on third and final reading in February.

Hontiveros, for her part, said the government should address problems on public transportation, mass testing and the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Whole of government ‘di ba? Heal as one di ba? Gamot ba ang panukalang batas sa COVID-19 o gagamiting panakip-butas sa mga kapalpakan? Paano pigilan ang paglaganap ng COVID-19 at paano ibangon ang nakadapa nating ekonomiya ang bigyan ng panahon at solusyon, huwag ang anti-terror bill,” she said.

The House is expected to adopt soon the Senate’s version of HB 6875 so it can be transmitted to Malacanang for President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature.

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