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What railroad? Lacson debunks claims anti-terror bill rushed

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Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Monday debunked anew claims by some sectors that the anti-terrorism bill was railroaded amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lacson said the bill, which he sponsored in the Senate in the 17th and 18th Congress, had been tackled in the Senate since October 2018.

“Inumpisahan namin sa Senate ito I think October 2018, 17th Congress pa. And then it went to so many days of interpellation, period of amendments, and so on,” he said in an interview on CNN Philippines.

Over the weekend, Vice President Leonor Robredo had questioned why lawmakers “forced” the passage of the anti-terrorism bill.

Various left-leaning groups had made a similar claim in past weeks.

Earlier, Lacson also pointed out the need to pass a strong anti-terrorism measure, as terrorism knows “no timing nor borders.”

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