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With reservations: Vilma Santos admits voting in favor of anti-terror bill but denies authorship

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

House Deputy Speaker and Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto has admitted that she’s one of the 173 lawmakers who voted in favor of the third reading passage of the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

In a Twitter posted by Santos-Recto’s son, actor/TV host Luis Manzano, the Batangas solon has defended here affirmative vote “with reservations” over House Bill No. 6873 which seeks to replace the Human Security Act of 2007 and impose a much broader policy to strengthen the country’s law enforcement against terrorism.

“I’m in favor of it with reservations,” said Santos-Recto.

Santos-Recto has denied that she’s one of the main authors of the measure although she defended her vote in favor of HB 6873, stressing that she’s concerned over the current state of the country’s national security policy.

“I just hope that the law enforcement agencies will implement in accordance with the Constitution, full respect of human rights and without any abuse whatsoever,” the Batangas solon said.

Santos-Recto’s husband, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto also voted in favor of the counterpart measure in the Senate under Senate Bill No. 1083 which was adopted by the House plenary prior to the second reading passage of HB 6873 last Tuesday.

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