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Palace warns terrorists: Beware of new anti-terrorism law

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By Prince Golez

Terrorists should beware of the anti-terror law, Malacañang said, allaying fears it would lead to massive rights abuses.

On Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque assured the public that Republic Act No. 11479, or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 has sufficient safeguards to prevent human rights abuses.

“Yung mga hindi naman po terorista, wag kayo mag-alala , sapat-sapat po ang mga safeguards sa batas mismo at sa ating umiiral na Rules of Court para pangalagaan ang karapatan ng kalayaan at karapatang mabuhay,” Roque said in his virtual presser.

He pointed out that writs of Habeas Corpus and of Amparo may be invoked by anyone who believes any of his or her rights is being violated.

“Yung pagpasa ng batas hindi yan nakakaapekto dun sa mga remedyo na meron na tayo. Kung mali talaga ang pre-detention, puwede naman tayo maghain ng writ of habeas corpus. Patuloy pa rin yan, hindi yan sinuspende ng batas,” according to him.

“Kung feeling niyo kayo ay pag-iinitan na walang dahilan, meron tayong writ of amparo to protect the right to life and liberty. Sapat-sapat ang remedyo. Bagamat may bagong batas, lahat ng writs na ginawa ng ating Supreme Court at nasa ating Salgang Batas ay patuloy pa rin magagamit,” Roque said.

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