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Magsasaka party-list Rep. Argel Cabatbat reminded the Duterte administration that there’s no shortcut to peace and order despite the passage of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

“Walang shortcut para makamtan ang kapayapaan – kinakailangan nito ng pagtutulungan ng bawat sangay ng gobyerno at lipunan, at ng isang proseso na bukas sa puna at may puwang sa pananagutan,” he said.

The congressman expressed his fear that the newly-signed law could be used against critics and dissenters of government.

“Sa pamamagitan ng tamang paggamit sa batas, mayroong pagkakataon ang parehong kapulisan at sandatahang lakas na linisin ang kanilang pangalan, at pawiin ang pangamba ng mga Pilipino,” Cabatbat said.

He also said true peace could only be achieved when ordinary Filipinos had no fear of being abused and exploited by those in power.

“Nakaugat ang tunay na kapayapaan sa isang lipunang walang takot ang maliit sa makapangyarihan. Hindi natin ito makakamtan kung walang hustisya, pagkilala sa karapatan, at tunay na kasaganaan sa buong bayan,” Cabatbat said.

Malacañang announced on Friday that Duterte has signed the anti-terror bill despite months of protest from activist groups.

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