By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III has blasted some members of the United States Congress amid their calls to repeal the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.
Sotto made the remarks during Thursday’s virtual presser in reaction into the supposed meddling by some US congressmen against the new law that seeks to eradicate the spread of terrorism in the country.
“I think these guys are just basing it on what they read on social media. Mind your own business,” said Sotto.
Sottto stressed that its seems these 45 American legislators who are mostly members of the Democratic are probably “misinformed” by critics of the Anti-Terror Act that’s why they have negative impressions on the said issue.
“They’re misinformed. Why don’t they take a look at their laws? Namimintas sila sa anti-terror law natin samantalang ‘yung bansa nila mas mahigpit kesa sa anti-terror law natin. Bakit sila nakikialam,” said Sotto, one of the primary authors of the recently approved legislation.
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) and 44 others recently wrote a letter to Philippine Ambassador to Washington D.C. Jose “Babes” Romualdez which urged the Philippine Congress to immediately repeal the Anti-Terror Act.
Schakowsky said in her letter the the Anti-Terror Law “is overbroad” and has raised concernd that “it’s already being used to stifle peaceful dissent and targets civil society, including human and labor rights groups in the Philippines.”
Sotto once again defended the passage and approval of the measure, citing its “safeguards” from potential abuse.
The Anti-Terror Law currently faces constitutional scrutiny before the Supreme Court (SC) which can’t be influenced by these American lawmakers, according to Sotto.
“Hindi naiimpluwensyahan ang Supreme Court nang mga ganyan. Hindi nai-intimidate ang Supreme Court nang mga ganyan,” Sotto stressed.