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Tito Sotto slams critics of anti-terror bill: Sinong gago nagsabing activism is terrorism?

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Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III hit back at critics of the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 who warn that the bill will target activists.

In an interview over dzBB radio Monday (June 8), Sotto remarked: “Hindi naman talaga terrorism ang activism. Sinong gago na nagsabi na activism is terrorism?”

Sotto said the bill does not target government critics, but terrorists.

“Dapat member ka ng terrorist organization. Member ka ba? Hindi pala eh, bakit ka umaangal? Kung hindi kayo member, magwala kayo, murahin niyo ang Presidente, laitin niyo kami, go ahead, hindi kayo kasama sa Anti-Terror law. Puwede libel, defamation, pero hindi sa Anti-Terrorism law,” he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign the anti-terrorism bill into law soon after the House of Representatives approved it on third and final reading.

Sotto said critics of the bill who call on the government to address poverty first before passing the anti-terrorism bill live in a “perfect world.”

“Mali ‘yun [na dapat sugpuin ang kahirapan at kawalan katarungan sa paglaban ng terorista]. They want to live in a perfect world. Hindi naman ‘yun ang problema ng terorista eh. Ang problema ng terrorista, ideology. Ang tinatarget ng Anti-Terror bill ay yung ideolohiya na guluhin ang gobyerno,” he said.

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