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Tito Sotto slams critics of anti-terror bill: ‘Yung pintas wala sa batas!

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Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III scored Wednesday (June 3) critics of the new anti-terrorism bill, which is now up for President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature.

In an interview over dzMM radio, Sotto said several provisions criticized by those opposed to the bill have either been changed or removed.

“Napakaraming naririnig at nababasa sa social media na mukhang hindi naiintindihan. Katakot-takot na pintas, hindi nila alam itong Anti-Terrorism bill na bago,” he said.

“Ang daming epal ‘ika nga, tapos ang dami namang pumipintas, ‘yung pinipintas nila, wala doon sa batas, wala doon sa bill,” Sotto added.

The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading a bill which seeks to amend the Human Security Act of 2007. The measure will allow the detention of suspected terrorists for up to 14 days.

It also proposes a 12-year imprisonment for those found inciting anyone to commit acts of terrorism.

The Senate approved its version of the bill in February.

Sotto said senators are ready to face any legal challenge to the bill once it becomes a law.

“Handang-handa kami diyan. Dalhin nila sa Supreme Court, ang pinakamaganda,” he said.

Sotto assured the bill has enough safeguards to protect citizens. He maintained that the measure will not be used against administration critics.

“Napakaraming safeguards pero mahigpit sa terorista. Ang dapat matakot lang dito, ang terorista at ‘yung sumusuporta sa terorista. Pero kung taongbayan, karaniwang Pilipino, walang dapat ikatakot dito,” Sotto said.

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