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Saang panahon ka nabuhay? NUPL president calls Año’s plan to revive anti-subversion law a ‘jurassic idea’

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The proposal of Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano to revive the anti-subversion law is “a jurassic idea”, National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) president Edre Olalia said on Tuesday (August 13).

Ano had pointed out bringing back the anti-subversion law makes it a crime being affiliated with communist organizations and would address concerns regarding the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) recruiting youths.

“The trial balloon idea to revive again the Anti-Subversion law should be seen as part of the worn out mailed fist approach to dissent and divergence of beliefs,” said Olalia in a statement.

“It is an excavation of a jurassic idea which has the effect of curtailing freedom of association and political beliefs which are in fact crucial ingredients for democracy to flourish,” Olalia pointed out.

The NUPL official said the long abandoned law is “ineffective, and oft-abused as a tool of political persecution and harassment, can be challenged at the appropriate time based on many constitutional grounds.”

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