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Republic Act No. 11479 - Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020

DOJ releases IRR of anti-terror law
Katrina Hallare October 17, 2020
The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Saturday released the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, almost three months after the controversial law took effect.

The Video: What's in the Anti-Terrorism Act IRR?
Oct 17, 2020 ANC 24/7
The Philippine Justice Department releases the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Anti-Terrorism Act. Mike Navallo shares some of the salient provisions of the IRR.

The Video: DOJ: There are remedies for critics of Anti-Terror law's IRR
Oct 17, 2020 ANC 24/7
Close to 40 petitions are seeking to nullify it making the anti-terror law one of the most challenged laws before the high tribunal. The fact that it was signed into law in the middle of the pandemic, added to the anger and dismay of many. The Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Anti-Terror law have just been approved by the Anti-Terror Council. Will it give meat to the fear of oppositors or will the IRR disprove the main concern that instead of stopping terrorism, the law will be used as a tool for repression?

DOJ: Drafting of Anti-Terror law guidelines ‘on schedule’
Daphne Galvez October 15, 2020
The drafting of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the Anti-Terror law is “right on schedule” and is expected to be published this weekend, an official of the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Thursday.

Feared anti-terror law IRR out this week; lawyers plead Supreme Court for action
Oct 15, 2020 Lian Buan
'We plead the Court to decisively act on our prayer for a status quo ante order before events and incidents overcome or pre-empt us all again,' says Edre Olalia of the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers

Anti-Terror Law takes effect midnight of July 18, 2020
July 17, 2020, Jeffrey Damicog
The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 is set to take effect starting midnight of Saturday, July 18, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Friday, July 17.

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Guevarra: Threat, proposal, inciting to terrorism need 'more detail' in IRR
Lian Buan July 18 2020
On the first day of the anti-terror law's effectivity, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra again appealed to law enforcement to wait for the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) before taking actions, especially if these fall under the crimes of threatening, proposing, and inciting to commit terrorism. Look also:
Guevarra advises law enforcers to wait for IRR of Anti-Terror Law
July 18, 2020, Jeffrey Damicog

The frightening future of Duterte's anti-terror law
July 22 2020

The brainchild of the military men in President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet, the 2020 Anti-Terrorism Law is now fully a Duterte-enabled legislation because it bears his signature and was fast-tracked due to his blessing.

Unless there's 'big threat,' PH can wait for IRR before enforcing anti-terror law
July 22 2020 Lian Buan - with Video

Unless there's a "big" terror threat, the Philippine government can wait for the promulgation of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the anti-terror law before enforcing the controversial measure, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said on Wednesday, July 22.

Presidential Spokesperson on Republic Act No. 11479
July 3, 2020 - with Video

We confirm that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed into law Republic Act No. 11479, or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, today, 3 July 2020.

Are you a terrorist?
Chay F. Hofileña July 09, 2020

A daring ambush was staged late Tuesday morning, July 7, on Quirino Avenue in Manila. The target? Manila’s chief inquest prosecutor, 62-year-old Jovencio Senados, whose attackers appeared dead set on killing him. Motives for the brazen attack have yet to be established by investigators.
Would the gruesome murder of Senados constitute an act of terrorism under the new law, some human rights lawyers ask. Before this new law, we had the Human Security Act of 2007 which defined terrorism as crimes that create a “condition of widespread and extraordinary fear and panic among the populace” to coerce government “to give in to an unlawful demand.”

I’m a jaded journalism graduate living in corporate stability, but I won’t stop speaking out
Andrea Rivera July 31 2020

'It would be easy for someone like me to just stay dormant in my stable yet uneventful corporate bubble.... But if there’s anything that journalism taught me, it’s that there’s a deeper humanistic value in speaking truth to power.'
It was midnight, July 18, when I felt the weight of the Philippines’ civil liberties hanging heavily on my shoulders. That day, the Anti-Terrorism Act took effect, bringing with it, ironically, a looming sense of terror.

Bishop dares Panelo to sue religious leaders criticizing anti-terror law
July 20 Leslie Ann Aquino

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, on Monday, maintained they didn’t violate the principle of separation of Church and State by issuing a statement against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

Beware of that two-faced clause in the anti-terror law
JC Gotinga July 13, 2020

The ‘flawed’ new Anti-Terrorism Law should delete a clause to clearly exclude protest and dissent from punishable acts, says a top terrorism analyst

Surviving and fighting the anti-terror law
Tony La Viña and Joy Reyes July 12, 2020

'From targeting a universe of a few dozens or at most a few hundred terrorists, the law can be used against thousands, even tens of thousands of activists, critics, and dissidents'

PNP confiscates alleged anti-gov't magazine after Anti-Terror Law takes effect
Rambo Talabong July 26 2020

The incident marks a first in recent history that police confiscated copies of a magazine considered a threat to the government.
On Sunday morning, July 26, policemen seized bundles of Pinoy Weekly from the Bulacan office of an urban poor organization and stacked these at the back of a police vehicle before driving off.

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Bishop Pabillo sa mga pulis, nagsisimba: Respetuhin ang mga simbahan, misa
Jul 28, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Pinaalalahanan ni Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo ang mga taong dumadalo sa mga misa at mga pulis na respetuhin ang "place of worship" at misa kasunod ng pagkumpiska ng ilang pulis sa placards ng mga nagsisimba sa Quiapo Church noong Lunes.

PNP: Cops seized placards from Mass-goers on Church request
Jul 29, 2020 ABS-CBN News
The Philippine National said Wednesday its officers seized placards and other protest materials from activists during a Mass in Manila this week "in accordance to the request of the church."

Cops’ confiscation of placards during Quiapo mass not a ‘misbehavior’
July 29, 2020 Noreen Jazul
Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said he does not consider the confiscation of protestors’ placards by policemen during a mass in Quiapo Church as a “misbehavior.”

Cops seize protest materials during Quiapo Church Mass
Camille Elemia July 27 2020 - with Video
Manila police confiscated Anti-Terror Law protest materials from some Akbayan members who were attending Mass inside Quiapo Church on Monday, July 27, ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA).

PNP chief: We can't use Anti-Terror Law to seize newspapers copies
Rambo Talabong July 27 2020 - with Video
At least not yet. The Philippine National Police is waiting for the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Anti-Terror Law before enforcing it.
After a squad of policemen seized hundreds of copies of a progressive news magazine in Bulacan, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Archie Gamboa sought to quell fears of authoritarianism.

Police confiscate thousands of ‘subversive’ weekly magazine in Bulacan
July 27, 2020 Aaron Recuenco
Police confiscated thousands of copies of a weekly magazine which they described as “subversive documents ” in a raid in Pandi, Bulacan on Sunday.
In a statement posted in its Facebook page, the PinoyMedia Center Inc. which publishes the Pinoy Weekly, accused the police force of Pandi town of illegal seizure of thousands of print magazine copies of its publication at around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday from the local office of urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) in Villa Lois public housing in Pandi.

Kadamay slams warrantless arrest of community leader, periodical seizure
July 26, 2020 JULIA MARI ORNEDO, GMA News
Urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) on Sunday slammed the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the “warrantless and baseless” arrest of a community leader and the raid on the Villa Lois housing site in Pandi, Bulacan.
In a statement, Kadamay “vehemently condemned” the arrest of community leader Rose Fortaleza and the confiscation of the group’s flyers along with issues of the alternative news publication Pinoy Weekly.

A message to Filipinos: Keep journalism alive
Zeus Legaspi July 22 2020

At a press conference on June 2, 2016, then-newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte said that he would "personally attack” journalists who are critical of him. Now, he lives up to his word. July 18, 2020 is perhaps the culmination of that promise, as the dreaded Anti-Terrorism Bill pushes through the wall of mounting concerns and oppositions into effectivity.

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Lessons from fighting a dictatorship
May 16, 2020 Bulatlat
Mrs. Edith Burgos, then general manager of Ang Pahayagang Malaya and We Forum, and son JL Burgos, journalist and filmmaker, look back at the lessons in fighting the Marcos dictatorship and call on the Filipino people to speak the truth amid the creeping tyranny

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President Duterte signed anti-terror bill into law AND reaction from...
President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, July 3, signed into law a bill that seeks to sharpen the Philippines' anti-terrorism campaign despite heavy opposition over fears it could be used to silence government critics.

Anti-terror bill or #JunkTerrorBill
GMA Public Affairs June 1, 2020
Naging maingay sa social media ang #JunkTerrorBill o ang panawagan ng ilang netizens na ibasura ang anti-terror bill matapos itong aprubahan ng House Committee sa gitna ng pandemic. Ayon sa ilang grupo, maaaring ma-violate ang ilan sa basic rights ng mga Pilipino sa ilalim na anti-terror bill. Ang buong detalye, panoorin sa video

Duterte certifies anti-terror bill as urgent despite strong disapproval from rights groups
Jun 1, 2020 ANC 24/7
President Rodrigo Duterte formally expressed his intent to rush the passage of the anti-terror bill in Congress. That's despite strong disapproval from human rights groups who fear of more warrantless arrests should the measure be signed into law.

House plenary debates on the anti-terrorism bill
The House of Representatives tackles the anti-terrorism bill for 3rd reading approval on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Ruffy Biazon withdraws authorship from anti-terror bill, votes no
Jun 3, 2020 Rappler
"I believe that we should stand up for the House and because of this, my vote is no to the bill and my name could not be attached to a bill that is not my real work. So my withdrawal as author of the measure is another thing I would like to present to the House," says Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon, one of the principal authors of HB 6875 or the Anti-Terrorism Bill.

Anti-terror bill could be used against non-terrorist: La Viña
Jun 3, 2020 ABS-CBN News
A lawyer on Wednesday said the Anti-Terror bill gives too much power to the executive branch to go after legitimate dissent

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Duterte signs 'dangerous' anti-terror bill into law
Pia Ranada July 03, 2020 - with Video
Critics say the new law gives the Duterte government more room to define terrorism and more power to act against persons or groups it includes in that definition

Anti-terror law's next battleground: Crafting of IRR, Supreme Court
Lian Buan July 04, 2020
'Labag ito sa karapatang nakasaad sa Saligang Batas, kung kaya't dapat ito ibasura ng Korte Suprema,' says Akbayan

Anti-Terrorism Law in force even without IRR
July 23, 2020 Jeffrey Damicog
Solicitor General Jose Calida said on Thursday that the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 2020 remains in force despite the lack of implementing rules and regulations (IRR).

‘Online Citizens’ file with SC 21st petition vs. anti-terror law
July 29, 2020 Rey Panaligan
The Supreme Court (SC) docketed on Wednesday, July 29, the 21st petition against the alleged unconstitutionality of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). Look also the Video

Cebu students file with SC 20th case vs. anti-terror law
July 28, 2020 Rey Panaligan
Student leaders from four universities in Cebu City filed with the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday, July 28, the 20th petition on the alleged unconstitutionality of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) which the government started implementing last July 18.

Aling Marie, Macoy Dubs urge Filipinos to speak up despite threat of anti-terror law
Cinderella Colotario July 27 2020
With President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA) coming up, social media sensations Macoy Dubs and Aling Marie encouraged everyone, especially the “woke boomers” and millennials, to use their platforms to speak up against disinformation and injustices in our country.

Churches, women, and law groups file petitions vs. anti-terror law with SC
July 24, 2020 Rey Panaligan
Leaders of various churches, a coalition of women’s organizations, and members of non-governmental law groups asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Friday to declare as unconstitutional the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) in its entirety.

The Video: Press conference on the petition vs the Anti-terror Law
July 23 2020

Senators, journalists, Moros follow suit: Petitions vs anti-terror law now 15
Lian Buan Jul 23, 2020
Opposition senators Francis Pangilinan and Leila de Lima are joined in their petition by Constitution framers Florangel Braid and Ed Garcia. They are represented by the Free Legal Assistance Group.
There are now as many petitions against the anti-terror law as there are justices of the Supreme Court, with the addition of 4 more petitions Thursday, July 23.

The Video: More groups file petition vs. Anti-Terror Law
Jul 23, 2020 ANC 24/7
Several groups head to the Philippine Supreme Court to file more petitions against the controversial Anti-Terrorism Law.

The Video: Ex-Ombudsman Morales, Retired SC Justice Carpio, UP Law profs file petition vs Anti-Terror Act
Jul 22, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales were among the petitioners to question the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 before the Supreme Court. It is the 11th petition against the law signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last month. Look also this article

10th petition vs anti-terror law assails violation of right to bail
Rambo Talabong July 19 2020
A coalition of progressive groups and stakeholders from different sectors led by the National Union of Peoples Lawyers (NUPL) filed on Sunday, July 19, the 10th petition against the Anti-Terror Law, further stepping up the legal resistance to a measure critics say undermine the people's basic human rights.

Labor groups file 9th petition vs anti-terror law, slam 'guilt by association'
Lian Buan July 16 2020
The labor groups' petition calls the designation power of the anti-terror council a form of the prohibited bill of attainder – or imputing guilt without a trial

US lawmakers urge Duterte government to repeal anti-terror law
Sofia Tomacruz July 16 2020
US lawmakers have called on the Duterte government to repeal the highly controversial anti-terrorism law, echoing concerns that it endangers human rights and democracy in the Philippines.

The Video: PH Supreme Court to consolidate 4 additional petitions challenging Anti-Terrorism Act | ANC
Jul 14, 2020 ANC 24/7
The Supreme Court is consolidating four additional petitions that have been filed at the Supreme Court against the Anti-Terrorism Act.

8th petition vs anti-terror law attacks 'subjective' definition of terroristic dissent
Lian Buan July 13, 2020
The Sanlakas party list says Section 4's supposed exemption on dissent must be struck down for being too vague and subjective

Youth groups continue protest as anti-terrorism law nears implementation
Kyle Aristophere Atienza July 11, 2020
They warn that with human rights violations already rampant even before the measure’s signing into law, the anti-terrorism law's implementation will result in more abuses

WATCH: The dangers of the Anti-Terrorism Law
July 09, 2020 - with Video
Rappler lays out the highlights of the Anti-Terrorism Law and why its provisions could be dangerous

Duterte raises the bar on impunity
Tom Villarin July 08, 2020
'It is now hoped that petitions to junk the anti-terror law filed in the Supreme Court can be judiciously decided sooner than later'

Refugee protection and the threats of the Anti-Terrorism Law
Reinna Bermudez July 08, 2020
'The Anti-Terror Law does not provide safeguards for innocent persons seeking asylum in the Philippines to not be wrongfully classified as terrorists'

Constitution framers, Ateneo professors file 6th petition vs anti-terror law
Lian Buan July 08, 2020
'Given the pattern of imputation by the executive and the nature of accusations, the exercise of our fundamental freedom of expression and freedom of association has to be protected'

The Video: Bulatlatan: Of rights and wrongs: Free speech and ‘Terror Law’
Jul 8, 2020

Duterte says communist rebels are terrorists because he 'declared' so
JC Gotinga July 08, 2020
Befriending communist rebels was good politics before the elections, but now that he is President, Rodrigo Duterte says 'the security of the state' is his highest priority

Duterte's ex-OGCC chief Jurado is 5th to petition vs anti-terror law
Lian Buan July 08, 2020
Jurado anchors his petition on the railroad of the bill in Congress, and says the rush to passage violates constitutional standards

Philippine religious orders urge 'stay order' on controversial anti-terror law
Robin Gomes 07 July 2020
President Rodrigo Duterte on July 3 signed the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, which local and international rights and civil society groups fear could be used to target critics and dissenters.

The Video: Lawyer: SC ruling on challenges to Anti-Terrorism Law a test of PH Judiciary's independence
Jul 7, 2020 ANC 24/7
A test of the Philippine Judiciary's independence. That's how one of the lawyers who filed a case challenging the Anti-Terrorism Law before the Supreme Court sees the issue playing out. Far Eastern University College of Law dean Mel Sta. Maria says it's an especially crucial case for the high court now that majority of the sitting justices were appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Video: Peace advocate: PH Anti-Terror Law dims prospects of peace deal between gov't, communist rebels
Jul 7, 2020 ANC 24/7
Legal scholar and peace advocate Judge Soliman Santos Jr. believes the new Anti-Terror Law could be the final nail in the coffin for formal peace talks between the Philippine government and communist rebels. Santos was involved in the peace process with both communist and Moro rebels.

The Video: U.N. Special Rapporteur: Duterte supporters should also be concerned over Anti-terror law
Jul 6, 2020 ANC 24/7
United Nations Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard says even supporters of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte should be concerned about the newly-signed Anti-terror law.

WATCH: Stars, advocates, journalists perform ‘The Great Dictator’ speech to protest anti-terror law
July 06, 2020 - with Video
John Lloyd Cruz, Chel Diokno, Iza Calzado, and Rappler's Maria Ressa are among those who appeared in the video

Roque defends Anti-Terror Law, says safeguards 'enough' to protect rights
Sofia Tomacruz July 06, 2020
'Terrorists, beware of the Anti-Terror Law, pero iyong mga hindi naman po mga terorista, huwag po kayong mag-alala. Sapat-sapat po ang mga safeguards sa batas mismo,' says Roque

'Climate of fear': Constitutional framers stand vs anti-terror law
Lian Buan July 06, 2020
'We, Framers, believe that we do not need another law against terrorism at this time when in fact we have sufficient laws that can thwart terrorists and acts of terrorism'

More petitions to come: Supreme Court battle vs anti-terror law starts
Lian Buan July 06, 2020

Is Duterte now a dictator?
Nathan Gilbert Quimpo July 06, 2020
'Duterte is now encountering hurdles in his authoritarian drive as perhaps never before'
Shortly after Congress passed the Anti-Terror Bill, critics and opponents denounced it as signifying “martial rule without martial law” or as being “worse than martial law.” Martial law – at the nationwide level – dictatorship or authoritarian rule.

The Video: Terror law 'like a nightmare' for martial law survivors: Chiz - ANC
Jul 6, 2020 ABS-CBN News
The new anti-terrorism law is "like a nightmare being brought back again" for some critics who lived through the martial law under President Ferdinand Marcos, said former senator and Sorsogon Governor Francis "Chiz" Escudero said Monday.

The Video: 'Nobody' can release terror suspects from 24-day warrantless detention: lawyer | ANC
Jul 6, 2020 ABS-CBN News
"Nobody" can interfere with the 24-day arrest of terror suspects under the new Anti-Terror Law that critics say could be used to target government critics, a lawyer who is leading the Supreme Court challenge against the measure said Monday.

Robredo pushes for safeguards in anti-terror law
July 05, 2020
The Vice President says 'the fight is not yet over' in pointing out contentious provisions in the newly-signed law.
There are safeguards, but they aren't enough. The presumption should always be, there is a tendency that it would be abused.

Groups demand immediate release of 8 arrested at anti-terror rally in Laguna
July 05, 2020
Groups stress the possible ramifications of the Anti-Terrorism Law on mass mobilizations in light of the violent arrest of Cabuyao 11. Three minors from the protest have been released to their guardians, while 8 are still detained.

The Video: Fact or Fake: Anti-Terror Act, kontra-terorismo o kontra-kritisismo?
Jul 5, 2020 GMA Public Affairs
Napirmahan na ni Pangulong Duterte ang Anti-Terror Act of 2020 kaya opisyal na itong isang batas. Pero terrorizing nga ba ang Anti-Terror Act? Pang-kontra ba ito sa terorismo o pang-kontra sa kritisismo sa gobyerno?

Lawmakers, groups urge Supreme Court to cure 'repressive' anti-terror law
July 05, 2020
Opposition lawmakers say no amount of assurances will ensure the law will not be abused as the measure itself is 'abusive and derogatory of human rights, civil liberties and fundamental freedoms'

Cops arrest 11 at anti-terrorism law rally in Laguna
Aika Rey July 04, 2020 - with Video
The police round up the protesters right after their program ended.
A video posted on Anakbayan Souther Tagalog's Facebook page showed the police dragging the activists to the Cabuyao City Police Station.

The Video: BREAKING: Groups file first plea vs Anti-Terror Law before Supreme Court
Jul 4, 2020 ANC 24/7
A group of lawyers, De La Salle brothers and civic groups have filed the first petition before the Supreme Court challenging the newly-signed Anti-Terrorism Law. Critics of the measure had warned that the new law could be used by the government to silence its critics and is prone to abuse.

Filipinos take the streets to protest against anti-terrorism law
July 04, 2020
In an indignation protest held on Saturday, July 4 at the University of the Philippines Diliman, protesters express their strong condemnation against the law

The Video: PH Military, Police assure public Anti-Terror Law won't be used vs. Duterte critics
Jul 4, 2020 ANC 24/7 - AGAIN "AboutPhilippines" may ask: How can we trust PNP?
The Philippine military and police assure the public the Anti-Terror Law will not be used to go after government critics.

'Respect human rights': CCP Thirteen Artists Awardees decry anti-terror law
July 04, 2020
Several awardees from 1970 to 2018 convey their 'collective disagreement and outrage' over the anti-terror law

'Ready to fight for civil rights': Sectoral leaders hold protest vs anti-terrorism law
Jene-Anne Pangue July 04, 2020
'The law aims to end terrorism, it says, yet it is the state forces that perpetrate fear and violence on the people,' says former human rights commissioner Loretta Ann Rosales in an online protest joined by other sectoral leaders

Lawyers, civic leaders file 1st petition vs anti-terror law
Lian Buan July 04, 2020
Law Professor Howie Calleja is joined by civic groups and La Sallian Brother Armin Luistro in filing the petition before the Supreme Court

'Too broad, worrisome': Chiz Escudero talks anti-terror law with Heart Evangelista
July 04, 2020 - with Video
The former senator and Sorsogon governor explains his reservations on the new law

'We will not be silenced': Campus press denounce signing of anti-terror law
July 04, 2020
Despite the threats that the new law poses to free speech, campus publications pledged they will not cower in fear but continue to stand firm in upholding their rights

'Kung tahimik ka, huwag mabahala,' says Esperon after anti-terror law signing
Pia Ranada July 04, 2020
Asked if a person can be tagged as a terrorist based on what they post on social media, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says it's 'possible'

Youth groups vow to fight implementation of anti-terror law
Kyle Aristophere Atienza July 04, 2020
'Kakalampagin natin ang Korte Suprema. Lalaban ulit tayo sa Kongreso,' says Katapat, echoing fellow youth groups in the country following the signing of the anti-terror law

Opposition lawmakers: Resist anti-terror law – the 'death warrant to human rights'
Aika Rey July 03, 2020
'We will show them that in the face of repression, an awakened people will resist and fight back' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate

The demise of democracy’: Filipinos denounce signing of anti-terror law
Gaby Baizas July 03, 2020
Many Filipinos on social media express their distress over the new law, which lawyers and human rights advocates fear the government can use to silence critics

'Dear Duterte, may paki ka ba sa amin?': Celebrities, artists react to anti-terror law
July 03, 2020
IV of Spades' Zild Benitez and Blaster Silonga, actress Gabbi Garcia, and director Antoinette Jadaone are among the first in the entertainment industry to speak up against the newly-signed anti-terror law

'Stealth declaration of martial law': Rights groups slam Duterte, anti-terror law
Jodesz Gavilan July 03, 2020
Human rights groups say the anti-terror law further deteriorates Philippine democracy

'We can do better': Bangsamoro gov't asks Duterte to veto anti-terrorism bill
Pia Ranada July 03, 2020
'While we agree that a policy framework needs to be enacted to fight the menace of terrorism, we feel that the fundamental guarantees of liberty and the institutions of democracy must be protected,' says Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim

'Leaderless movement' urges Filipinos to join #VetoTerrorBill email protest
Francisco Mendoza July 03, 2020
'We believe that all Filipinos who must stand for democracy against this bill that edges us closer and closer towards tyranny – in any way, shape, or form that is possible in spite of the pandemic,' says the #JunkTerrorBill group

The Anti-Terror Act is worse than Martial Law
Antonio T. Carpio June 18, 2020
'The Anti-Terror Act is authorized to order the arrest of any person even if he or she has not committed any crime of terrorism'
Under the Constitution, the right against unreasonable arrests is an “inviolable” fundamental right.
The Constitution uses the word “inviolable.” The ATA demolishes this “inviolable” fundamental constitutional right. (READ: Martial rule without martial law: An anti-terror bill subtext)

Cayetano: Congress can amend or repeal anti-terror law if abuses happen
Mara Cepeda June 19, 2020
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also appeals to the military to 'work together' with the government to ensure there will be 'zero abuses' should the anti-terror bill becomes law

When we're scared to share: Thoughts from an environmental advocate
Issa Barte June 18, 2020
'They were already able to red-tag us without the bill, how much more so if it's passed?'

Anti-terrorism bill well-intended but unclear – CHR
JC Gotinga June 18, 2020
'Napakaganda pakinggan ano ang intent ng ating mga legislators, pero hindi kasi nakasaad sa bill,' says CHR Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel Gana

Critics ready to petition vs anti-terror bill – and Carpio is one of them
Lian Buan June 17, 2020
'If we do not want to experience a contraction of our civil liberties we must all work to have the objectionable provisions in the anti-terrorism act invalidated by the Supreme Court or repealed by Congress'

PH situation 'worse than martial law' under anti-terror bill – Carpio
Lian Buan June 17, 2020
The retired justice says that once the anti-terror bill is enacted into law, he will be among the petitioners who will challenge the constitutionality of the measure before the Supreme Court

Carpio: House arrest clause of anti-terror bill violates right to bail
Lian Buan June 17, 2020
Some crimes in the bill are bailable, like inciting to terrorism, but under Section 34, a person charged with inciting to terrorism can be placed on house arrest

On the Anti-Terror Bill: Beyond constitutionality
Soliman M. Santos Jr June 17, 2020
'The question is not only: is it constitutional? The question is also: does or will it serve its intended or at least declared purpose?'

Año hands Malacañang list of LGU chiefs supporting anti-terror bill
Pia Ranada June 17, 2020
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the document shows there is an 'overwhelming majority' of local government chiefs who support the controversial measure

Duterte 'inclined' to sign anti-terror bill – Roque
Pia Ranada June 16, 2020
The Chief Executive has until July 9 to act on the controversial bill before it lapses into law

'Consider the Constitution': Groups urge DOJ to recommend veto of anti-terror bill
Lian Buan June 16, 2020
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra will submit the review to Malacañang on Wednesday, June 17. He will not make it public unless Malacañang releases it from their end.

Address terrorism but not at expense of human rights, Cebu City SK urges
John Tan Sitchon June 16, 2020
The Sangguniang Kabataan Federation of Cebu City shows its opposition to the anti-terrorism bill

Where lies the terror?
Melba Padilla Maggay June 15, 2020
'It is a supreme irony that Filipinos suspected of being communist are being hounded and hunted down, while communists from Mainland China are being invited to tutor the Senate, most likely on how to lock down and fence us all in for effective social control'

House of terror: How the lower chamber let slip a 'killer' bill
Mara Cepeda June 14, 2020
The House of Representatives passes a controversial bill that could endanger the progressives, Moros, and Lumad among them due to terrorist-tagging

The humanitarian imperative and the threat of the Anti-Terror Bill
Reinna Bermudez June 14, 2020
'An important issue, though less discussed in online debates, is the anti-terror bill’s implication on people’s access to humanitarian support'

Anti-Terror Law? Or Anti-Filipino Law?
Senator Leila De Lima June 13, 2020
In truth, therefore, the word 'terror' in the title of the bill is very appropriate

Democracy faces 'death by a thousand cuts' with looming anti-terror law
Aika Rey June 13, 2020
'All these kinds of legal acrobatics, the law has been weaponized. And now the question is if it's codified into law, it becomes the norm,' says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

University of Cebu Law School latest to join calls vs anti-terror bill
John Sitchon June 13, 2020
'I have been a lawyer for 22 years now and I have not encountered these objectionable provisions that we found in the law,' says UC Law Professor Liza Eisma-Osorio

Lawyers' group: Lacson 'dead wrong,' bill allows anti-terror council to order arrests
Lian Buan June 13, 2020
Section 29 of the bill is very clear on the power of the anti-terror council to order arrests and detention lasting up to 24 days

Bacolod bishop urges Duterte: Listen to the people, veto anti-terror bill
Marchel P. Espina June 13, 2020
'We feel that there is a need for this government to listen to its people and in turn reconsider and reassess the bill in its present form. There is no point rushing the process,' says Bishop Patricio Buzon of the Diocese of Bacolod

With impending anti-terror law, lawmakers urge Filipinos to guard freedoms
Aika Rey June 12, 2020
Opposition lawmakers say that the anti-terrorism bill, if passed, will kill freedoms

Supporters of anti-terror bill in Cebu City allowed to rally on Independence Day
John Sitchon June 12, 2020
None of them were detained unlike the 8 individuals arrested for protesting in the University of the Philippines Cebu against the passage of the anti-terrorism bill a week ago

Can lawyers' growing calls vs anti-terror bill be crossroads for Duterte?
Lian Buan June 12, 2020
'Nakakatakot,' says former vice president Jejomar Binay of the anti-terror bill as he joins fellow lawyers for a picket in front of the Supreme Court

No to anti-terror bill? DILG employees ‘advised’ against posting on social media
Miriam Grace A. Go June 12, 2020
‘We are encouraging everyone in the DILG to be responsible in posting their views and comments against the bill in their social media accounts’

‘Mas dapat magalit’: Filipino youth face dangerous future with anti-terror bill
Jodesz Gavilan June 12, 2020
The Filipino youth will bear the brunt of the anti-terror bill's long-lasting effects

Dissecting anti-terror bill and threats to freedoms
June 11, 2020
The definitions are broader, detention is longer, and it has a 'killer' provision that equates dissent to terrorism

Lawmakers' changing of anti-terror bill vote has 'no more bearing' – Villafuerte
Mara Cepeda June 11, 2020
Villafuerte – among the closest allies of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano in the House – slams his colleagues for changing their votes

The politics of dissent
Jovito V. Cariño June 11, 2020
'Some would say this fear of the Anti-Terrorism Bill of 2020 is hypothetical as it is imaginary. There is nothing hypothetical or imaginary though with the story we have seen the last 4 years.'

Family of #JunkTerrorBill protester in Cebu gets harassed by unidentified men
John Sitchon June 10, 2020
In a statement, the family condemns the visit of the unidentified men and urges the public not to let harassment stop them from speaking up

Congress transmits anti-terrorism bill to Malacañang
Aika Rey June 09, 2020
The anti-terrorism bill is now awaiting the signature of the President, unless he vetoes it. If he decides not to act on it, the bill will lapse into law after 30 days from receipt.

Prosecuting under the 2020 anti-terror bill
June 09, 2020
In the 2020 anti-terror bill, the burden of proof is shifted on the suspect. Longtime prosecutor and former DOJ Undersecretary Leah Tanodra-Armamento talks about the woes of prosecution under an anti-terror law

Some House members' votes on anti-terror bill incorrectly recorded
Mara Cepeda June 09, 2020
Most of the House members voted on the anti-terrorism bill through Zoom or a Viber group chat, methods that are prone to errors when there are a total of 302 lawmakers

IBP to Duterte: Veto non-judicial arrests and 24-day detention in anti-terror bill
Lian Buan June 09, 2020
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines also questions the provision on broadened surveillance, which covers people who have not yet been declared as terrorists by a court

PNP asks for Facebook's help in dummy account probe
Aika Rey June 09, 2020
Police chief General Archie Gamboa says that he has ordered the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group to investigate the proliferation of fake Facebook accounts

Will Facebook dummy account probe look at govt too? DOJ says 'all angles'
Lian Buan June 08, 2020
The DOJ promises it will not misuse user data that will be submitted to them in the course of an investigation

The Anti-Terrorism Act: Duterte will have all dissenters’ necks
Jayson Lamchek June 08, 2020
Compared to the country's Human Security Act, the Anti-Terrorism Act drops the bar even lower

DOJ defends terror bill's dissent exception, but leaves out 'killer' caveat
Lian Buan June 08, 2020 - with Video
DOJ Spokesperson Markk Perete says Section 4's exception on dissent 'should calm concerns,' but he leaves out a 'killer' provision. It's the provision on intent

As lawmakers change votes, Malacañang yet to receive anti-terror bill
Sofia Tomacruz June 08, 2020 - with Video
Days after the highly divisive anti-terror bill hurdled Congress, the House still has not released the official breakdown of how lawmakers voted

Martial rule without martial law: An anti-terror bill subtext
Joel Rocamora June 08, 2020
'What should be noted is the breadth and intensity of opposition [to the anti-terror bill]. This is a much broader range of opposition than on any other issue under the Duterte administration.'

8 arrested in Cebu anti-terror bill rally released on bail
June 08, 2020
The 7 activists and one bystander post bail after spending 36 hours in detention

Don’t pass the anti-terror bill; legalize the Communist party instead
Patricio Abinales and Lisandro Claudio June 08, 2020
'[We] envisage a future when the entire apparatus of the CPP becomes legal, where the CPP, as the CPP, will stand for elections and subject its ideas to open debate'

'Terror bill' ang veerus na papatay sa kalayaan
June 08, 2020
Ang anti-terrorism bill ay 'palaruan ng mga demonyo,' isang 'prelude to hell' sa ilalim ng isang despotiko

Makati lawmaker blocks Facebook messages on anti-terror bill vote
Mara Cepeda June 08, 2020
As users share that they were blocked, Makati City 2nd District Representative Luis Campos says his social media page managers are 'just being careful' since there are 'many trolls'

DND investigating fake Facebook accounts – Lorenzana
JC Gotinga June 08, 2020
'Of course, the cooperation of Facebook is needed,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

U.P. Cebu demands immediate release of students, alumni
June 08, 2020
UP Cebu urges Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella and the chief of the Cebu City police office to 'seriously look into this clear transgression against our constituents and our property'

No evidence yet reported accounts engaged in malicious activity – Facebook
Gelo Gonzales June 11, 2020
'At this time, we have not seen evidence of the reported accounts engaging in coordinated or malicious activity focused on creating fake accounts,' says Facebook

Duplicate, false accounts of U.P. students reported to surface online
June 07, 2020
Here's how you can report accounts pretending to be someone you know or someone that doesn't exist

Lawmakers fear fake Facebook accounts meant for 'online tanim-ebidensiya'
June 07, 2020
'We must not allow social media to be used as a platform for identity theft, intimidation, or worse, a tool to plant bogus evidence,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan
Two opposition lawmakers denounced the proliferation of fake accounts on Facebook, warning that these accounts could be used to plant evidence against real personalities critical of the Duterte administration.

Users report duplicate, dummy Facebook accounts in PH
Ryan Macasero and John Tan Sitchon June 07, 2020
While initially thought to be limited to activists and journalists in Cebu and Central Visayas, duplicate accounts are reported in areas across the country

#HandsOffOurStudents trends as Filipinos call out fake accounts swarming Facebook
June 07, 2020
'The real terrorists are behind these attacks to the privacy and security of students and people who are critical of the administration's incompetence,' a netizen says

Angel Locsin to Tito Sotto: I hope we don’t get tagged as terrorist for voicing opinions
June 07, 2020
The actress is tagged as 'proNPA' – which Senate President Tito Sotto subsequently 'liked'

Rappler Talk: Edcel Lagman on the dangers of the anti-terrorism bill
June 07, 2020 - with Video
Lagman describes the bill as "draconian," with too few "safeguard" provisions that would protect citizens against police and military abuse

The Video: Aerial footage of #JunkTerrorBill protest in UP Diliman
Jun 6, 2020
#ICYMI: Here's an aerial video shot by Anjo Lapresca, where several sectoral and progressive groups take their outrage to the streets continuing the call to junk the anti-terrorism bill

The Video: #ReleaseCebu8 legal team press conference
The legal team of the detained protesters update the public on the latest were arrested at the University of the Philippines Cebu during a protest against the anti-terror bill.

Daughter of slain activist warns anti-terror bill will 'normalize' killings
Rhick Lars Vladimer Albay June 06, 2020
'Once you're labeled a terrorist, the authorities can justify whatever they may do to you,' says Tsinkay Porquia
The daughter of slain activist Jory Porquia has joined calls to reject the anti-terror bill, warning that once it is passed into law, incidents like her father's death would be part of the new normal under the Duterte government.

Proposed Anti-Terror Act of 2020 a devil’s playground in the hands of a despot
Emil Marañon III June 06, 2020
The bill suffers from obvious legal infirmities, essentially begging for a constitutional challenge

Mujiv Hataman on why anti-terror bill won't combat terrorism
June 06, 2020
Why does the anti-terror bill fail to address the root causes of terrorism? What makes the measure so dangerous even for government dissenters?

Youth-led protesters slam Bacolod lawmaker for anti-terror vote
Marchel P. Espina June 06, 2020
The youth protesters are allegedly threatened by police for mobilizing

Implications of the anti-terrorism bill
June 06, 2020
In a swift but unsurprising turn of events, the controversial anti-terrorism bill passed Congress days after President Rodrigo Duterte certified the measure as urgent.
The proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 is now up for Duterte’s signature.

PNP denies using excessive force, violating U.P. agreement in Cebu dispersal
Ryan Macasero June 06, 2020 - with Video
The police, who were in riot gear and carrying long firearms, claim that they were the ones assaulted by the unarmed protesters

EXPLAINER: Comparing dangers in old law and anti-terror bill
Lian Buan June 05, 2020
The 2020 anti-terror bill 'penalizes' freedom of speech, which makes it open to a challenge just on its face, according to retired justice Antonio Carpio

How to help activists arrested in Cebu City
June 05, 2020
Several organizations amplify the call for donations to raise a community bail fund for anti-terrorism activists in Cebu City

U.P. Cebu to probe whether cops violated U.P.-DND accord in arrest of protesters
June 05, 2020
Under the accord, the police and the military are not allowed to conduct operations within the vicinity of UP campuses without prior notice or approval of the UP administration

What is the need for this anti-terror bill?
PJ Bernardo June 05, 2020
'The timing, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, is telling'

‘Terror law’: The pet bill of the generals
Carmela Fonbuena June 05, 2020
‘You don’t deserve that kind of power. No one does,’ a farmers' party-list representative tells the military, referring to the proposed Anti-Terror Act of 2020, which is up for President Duterte's signature

#ReleaseCebu7 trends in PH as netizens condemn arrest of Cebu City activists
June 05, 2020
The arrest comes as students and members of various youth and progressive groups held a mobilization to denounce the approval of the anti-terrorism bill

Facebook cracks down on posts slamming anti-terror bill
Gaby Baizas June 05, 2020 - with Video
The #JunkTerrorBill posts by Filipinos are marked as spam after they allegedly failed to comply with Facebook’s community standards

Cops arrest at least 8 activists at anti-terrorism bill protest in Cebu City
Ryan Macasero June 05, 2020 - with Video
The 7, including minors, belong to local progressive organizations in Cebu. A local journalist is reportedly also among them.
Look the Video: Members of militant groups in Cebu City nabbed by the city police after they held a protest
Jun 4, 2020 Manila Bulletin Online
Members of militant groups in Cebu City nabbed by the city police after they held a protest in front of UP Cebu campus while the city is under GCQ on June 5, 2020. At least 7 were arrested. (MB Video by Juan Carlo de Vela)

Ateneo priests, La Salle brothers join forces vs anti-terror bill
Paterno Esmaquel II June 05, 2020
'Instead of being a measure to protect our people, in the wrong hands, this bill can be used to oppress our people,' warned the Jesuit priests and the La Salle brothers

An official act of terrorism
Vergel O. Santos June 05, 2020
'The ultimate and ironic bad joke is actually on us non-terrorists: the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 is itself an official, legal act of terrorism'

'This is not terrorism': Filipinos take to the streets after anti-terror bill hurdles Congress
June 05, 2020 - with Video
Several sectoral and progressive groups take their outrage to the streets continuing the call to junk the anti-terrorism bill

'Recovery, not repression': Groups hit passing of anti-terror bill
June 04, 2020
Various groups across key sectors say the approval of the bill reflects government's misplaced priorities

'Protect freedom in PH': Aquaria, Manila Luzon, 'Drag Race' queens tweet against anti-terror bill
June 04, 2020
Ongina, Vivienne Pinay, and Rock M Sakura also voice out against the bill, which many fear could be easily abused by the state

U.N. report raises concern over 'problematic' PH anti-terror bill
Sofia Tomacruz June 04, 2020
The United Nations Human Rights Office warns that the Philippines' anti-terrorism bill 'dilutes human rights safeguards' and is 'even more problematic' than the current Human Security Act

LIST: #JunkTerrorBill activities, protests
June 04, 2020
Here's a list of indignation rallies and other activities hosted by various groups and organizations, following the House’s passage of the draconian anti-terrorism bill

Military ‘pleased’ with Congress passage of anti-terror bill
JC Gotinga June 04, 2020
The bill does not seem to add any new power to the armed forces, says military spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo

Carpio: Once a law, anti-terror bill can be questioned in court right away
Lian Buan June 04, 2020 - with Video
The old law allows warrantless arrest only as a result of surveillance. The new bill does not provide such limitation

Philippine Christian leaders unite against new anti-terrorism law
Devin Watkins 04 June 2020
Christian leaders in the Philippines join their voices to oppose a proposed anti-terrorism law, saying it will erode respect for human rights and civil liberties.

Once a primary author, Biazon withdraws support, votes no to anti-terror bill
Mara Cepeda June 04, 2020 - with Video
His reason? The House leadership did not allow any lawmaker to propose amendments to the bill that is an exact replica of what senators had passed

Mindanao lawmakers: Anti-terror bill will further incite violence, not end terrorism
Mara Cepeda June 03, 2020 - with Video
'This law is not meant to combat terrorism. It is meant to give the state the power to tag whomever they please as a terrorist. Hindi pa ba tayo natuto?' says House Deputy Speaker Mujiv Hataman of Basilan

'Draconian' anti-terror bill, feared to be used vs gov't critics, hurdles Congress
Mara Cepeda June 03, 2020
The bill would allow the proposed Anti-Terror Council, which would be composed of top Cabinet officials, to order the arrest of people it deems to be terrorists

Filipino stars amplify #JunkTerrorBill call as House passes measure
June 03, 2020
The measure, which has passed both chambers of Congress, is a few steps away from becoming law

Robredo: Is lethal anti-terror bill against terrorists or critics?
Mara Cepeda June 03, 2020
Vice President Leni Robredo – the leader of the opposition movement against President Rodrigo Duterte – warned the anti-terrorism bill is prone to be abused by people who have no qualms planting evidence against critics and silencing them.

Rights groups slam anti-terror bill that will institutionalize Duterte's abuse of power
Jodesz Gavilan June 03, 2020
Human rights groups call out the Duterte government for prioritizing the anti-terror bill while the Philippines is in the middle of a pandemic

Catholic, Protestant leaders condemn anti-terror bill
Paterno Esmaquel II June 03, 2020
Christian leaders warn that silence about the Philippines' proposed anti-terror law 'only assures the impending destruction and abuse of our people'

Anti-terror bill one step away from House final approval
Mara Cepeda June 02, 2020
Lawmakers are bent on ratifying the bill into law before Congress adjourns on Friday, June 5.

The Video: House plenary debates on the anti-terrorism bill
The House of Representatives tackles the anti-terrorism bill for 2nd reading approval on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

CHR brands anti-terror bill 'highly intrusive,' open to abuse
Jodesz Gavilan June 02, 2020
The Commission on Human Rights says the bill's broad definition of terrorism is an 'overreach' that could harm Filipinos in the long run

#JunkTerrorBill: Sign this petition to help uphold human rights
June 02, 2020
Defend UPLB warns that the bill has the potential to silence critics of the government. Take a stand and sign the petition to persuade Congress to drop the measure.

Sotto to critics: Only terrorists, supporters afraid of anti-terror bill
Aika Rey June 02, 2020
Senator Risa Hontiveros and Senator Francis Pangilinan, the two senators who voted against the measure at the Senate, question the urgency in passing the anti-terrorism bill

'Reject this': Human rights lawyers up in arms vs 'repressive' anti-terror bill
Lian Buan June 02, 2020
'The attempt to use the Anti-Terror Bill as a tool for repression rather than for thwarting terrorism is appalling,' says the Ateneo Human Rights Center, which calls for its rejection

Duterte certifies as urgent anti-terrorism bill feared to clamp down on basic rights
Sofia Tomacruz June 01, 2020
Security officials want the controversial law passed before Congress adjourns on June 5

Fears of losing freedoms escalate as Congress rushes to pass anti-terror bill
Lian Buan May 30, 2020
The bill would empower a council of top cabinet officials to do functions usually reserved for the courts, like ordering the warrantless arrest and detention of people and groups perceived to be terrorists

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