While he is open to having a healthy debate on the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, Sen. Panfilo Lacson does not welcome disinformation, especially malicious ones.
Lacson said that while it is good the public wants to know more about the measure, some groups continue to sow fear by spreading false information about it.
“Una, ine-encourage natin ang public discourse. Mag-ingay sila ngayon para mapag-usapan tulad ng ginagawa natin. Siguro kung hindi rin sila nag-ingay wala tayong pinaguusapan kasi walang controversy. Ine-encourage natin yan. Pero huwag lang mag-engage sa disinformation, misinformation sa pamamagitan ng parang malicious ang interpretation nila,” he said at the Laging Handa briefing of state-run PTV-4.
He maintained the bill has enough safeguards against abuse, including 10-year jail terms and permanent bans from public office for lawmen who make wrongful arrests.
He also maintained the Anti-Terrorism Council in the measure will not have judicial or quasi-judicial powers as claimed by critics of the measure.
“Sana po huwag tayo basta makinig sa paulit ulit kong sinasabi na maling interpretation ng mga kumokontra,” he said.