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Hindi lang beauty and brains! Ping lauds Lucy Torres-Gomez for defending Anti-Terrorism Bill

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More than beauty and brains, Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez is also about courage, patriotism and statesmanship.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson said this Saturday after Gomez took to Facebook to defend the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 from its detractors.

“Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez is all about beauty, brains, courage, patriotism and statesmanship,” Lacson said in a post on his Twitter account.

In a Facebook post dated 10 p.m. Thursday, Gomez underscored the need for a tougher anti-terrorism law in the Philippines, noting the present Human Security Act of 2007 has “significant shortcomings” such that a new law to repeal it was “deemed necessary.”

She said the Philippines’ present inability to arrest and prosecute suspected terrorists, “keeps law enforcement’s hands tied until a terrorist event occurs.”

“It’s like giving the terrorists a free pass, telling them that we are just going to watch their acts of terror unfold first, and then we get our cue to run after them. The terrorists are literally having ‘more fun in the Philippines,’ because our laws allow it so. This makes us a very conducive venue to undertake, plan and prepare for terrorist activities,” she said.

Gomez also agreed with Lacson that under the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, one cannot easily be “designated” a terrorist, and that the proposed measure will uphold basic rights in the Constitution, including freedom of expression.

She pointed out as well that the Anti-Terrorism Council, a body tasked to implement the anti-terrorism act, has limited powers, in contrast to the picture painted by those opposing the measure.

“It is dishonest and a grave injustice to dilute its strength and purpose by putting activists, critics, and bashers in the same category as terrorists. This bill was made to stop terrorists, not to make life inconvenient and uncomfortable for activists and those who voice out dissent. Let us not reduce the argument as a simple choice between human rights in one corner, and terrorism in the other. Because terrorists have no regard for human life or rights, their intent and actions so brutal and evil they can never even be mistaken as activists,” she said.

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