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The passing of the Anti-Terrorism Bill on its second reading broke in the news on 29 May 2020. #JunkTerrorBill immediately trended online and concerns were raised on the specifics of the bill. So Today, We are here to educate us and the viewers on what the Anti-Terror Bill is. we will answer the question of “what is the Anti-Terror Bill?”, “How does it work?”, and “how does it affect our lives?”
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For this video, me and my team will share our knowledge and research in what is the Anti-Terror Bill. Now, we know that not all of you know what Anti-Terror Bill is, what it is all about, and how it works. I’ve been seeing all day in the news and radio about how our President signs the controversial Philippine Anti-Terror Bill into law, rallies and petitions flooded everywhere in social media platforms. As the Philippines are facing the crisis of COVID-19, the signing of the Anti-Terror Bill is creating more fear towards the community.
The bill collected strong support from influential house members of the 18th Congress filing different versions of an anti-terrorism measure.
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According to Human Rights, the bill is set to be signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte. If this happens, the bill will not only suppress the fundamental rights and freedoms of Filipinos, it will also terrorize the same conflict-affected communities. Now, we will start discussing our topic and will answer the following questions stated earlier. First, Francine will discuss “what is an Anti-Terror Bill” and “How does it work”.
To urge the passage of the bill, the Joint Committees decided to forgo a technical working group and a Committee Secretariat consolidated the bills filed. However, the urgency to meet the Financial Action Task Force obligation was raised to keep the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of terrorist regulations of the Philippines at par with global standards.
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I will discuss to you the Anti-Terror Bill and how the government will implement this in our country.
Human Act Security of 2007 has been replaced by the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 which Amnesty International has called on the Philippine Government to reject this bill because its legislation contains dangerous provisions and risks further threaten human rights in the country.
At this point, I will add more additional information that you need to know about the Anti-Terror Bill. The implementation of this law shall uphold fundamental liberties and basic rights of the people as embodied in the constitution.
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However, this policy can protect the life of the people, liberty, and property from terrorism that has endangered the National Security of the country and its people. According to Phil Robertson, Deputy Asia Director of Human Rights Watch, “The Anti-Terrorism Act is a human rights disaster in the making. The law will open the door to arbitrary arrests and long prison sentences for people or representatives of organizations that have displeased the president.” Now, Sabina will talk more about the Anti-Terror Bill and answer the questions “how does it work?” and “how does it affect the lives of the Filipino people?”.
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At this moment, we will talk about how this works and how this will affect the lives of the Filipino people.
The controversial Anti-Terrorism Bill already passed the third and final reading in the Senate and Congress after President Rodrigo Duterte marked it as urgent. “It is declared policy of the State to protect life, liberty, and property from terrorism, to condemn terrorism as dangerous to the national security of the country and the welfare of the people, and to make any terrorism a crime against the Filipino people, against humanity, and the law of nations,” the bill’s proposal policy stated. A law enforcement officer may, upon written order of the Court of Appeals secretly wiretap, listen to, surveil, and record or collect data with the use of any kind of device for communications, discussion, data, information, messages between members of a judicially declared and outlawed terrorist organization. Next up, Christianne Marie will discuss the rules and regulations of this law.
The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 has passed both the Senates and the House of Representatives, and President Rodrigo Duterte has quickly signed the bill into law on 3rd July of 2020. The approval of this law grants the government to use force and excessive powers to make terrorism a crime against the people and the Law of Nation. Rights groups and lawmakers have raised a big concern that this law could worsen human rights abuses in the country. Next, Mikaela Denise will discuss more on “what is Anti-Terror Bill” and “how does it work”.