President Rodrigo Duterte’s signing into law the “Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020” “further stifles dissent, imposes prior restraint to freedom of expression, derogates civil liberties, and institutes state terrorism,” Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said on Friday.
“The new anti-terror law repeals the less repressive ‘Human Security Act of 2007’ which provided for safeguards for fundamental freedoms,” the opposition lawmaker said.
“These safeguards were all obliterated by the ‘Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020’ and replaced with motherhood declarations which are orphaned by oppressive provisions,” Lagman said.
Malacañang announced on Friday that Duterte has signed the anti-terror bill despite months of protest from activist groups.
Lagman said the new law “installs national security to a high pedestal while it demotes civil liberties to a lowly footstool.”