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Lacson opposes revival of anti-subversion law: ‘Di masamang sumali sa Anakbayan!

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Senator Panfilo Lacson has thumbed down Interior Secretary Eduardo Año’s proposal to revive the anti-subversion law amid reports that minors are being recruited by leftist groups.

Lacson, who chairs the Senate national defense and security committee, said Tuesday (August 13) that criminalizing subversion “encroaches on the fundamental right to a peaceful assembly, to protest.”

“Na-decriminalize na ang Anti-Subversion Law. Anyway, ito naman will address ang aspect ng minors being recruited to join a terrorist group. Kung magjo-join lang naman sa organizations like Kabataan party-list or Anakbayan, I don’t see any problem with that. Except of course that they are also violating the law for recruiting minors. Pero hindi pa naman sila lumalampas sa stage na magjo-join sila ng NPA,” he said.

The Anti-Subversion Act or Republic Act 1700 was enacted in 1957 with the goal of countering the Hukbalahap movement.

The law made it a crime to become a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

RA 1700 was repealed in 1992 by then-President Fidel Ramos as part of efforts to achieve peace with communists.

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