Ngayong epektibo na ang Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 aka Duterte’s Terror Law,
KAYA MO BA IPAGKATIWALA SA KANILA ANG PAGTATAKDA KUNG SINO ANG “TERORISTA”?!
Section 45 of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 expands the scope of the Anti-Terrorism Council, giving them quasi-legislative and quasi-judicial powers in matters concerning terrorism in our country. They have the sole power of determining who are terrorists only upon mere suspicion. The composition of this council is mainly members of the President’s cabinet, specifically those positions which involve national security and public order. And with the current cabinet including bloodthirsty warmongers and staunch enemies of progressive organizations and individuals such as Hermogenes Esperon, Eduardo Año, and Delfin Lorenzana, they are given the powers of a judge, jury, and executioner to determine and punish those they deem as terrorists. Not only does this go against the judicial independence of our Courts, this goes against the tenets and foundations of human rights and democracy in our country.
The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 wrongfully uses public matters such as “national security” and “public order” as well as issues such as “terrorism” to silence critics and to criminalize dissent. Under the current Duterte Administration, attacks against the people have been widespread and notorious. Numerous forms of human rights violations such as spates of mass arrests founded on trumped-up charges, illegally dispersing protests and arresting peaceful activists, mass red-tagging of progressive groups and leaders, and harassments and killings of known activists, unionists, and progressive leaders have become the theme of this Administration. It is set in stone that the Duterte Legacy is that of one colored red with the blood of all those who have been killed by this Administration: killed by the anti-poor campaigns launched by this Government such as the War on Drugs, Oplan Kapayapaan, Martial Law in Mindanao, E.0. 70 and Memorandum No. 32; and killed by anti-people programs which have only made life worse in the country such as the TRAIN Law and the complete incompetence brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now that Duterte’s Terror Law is effective, let us not allow, now more than ever, this Government to kill our fighting spirits. In the name of human rights, civil liberties, and democracy, let us continue the struggle against tyranny and fascism those before us have fought. It is not time to live in fear, because that is what this Administration wants. It is time, however, to rise up and mobilize against the fascist mechanism this state has implemented in our country. It is time to get up and fight this tyrannical regime.
Let the spirit of Rizal, Bonifacio and Katipunan flow through our hearts and soul as we combat state sponsored suppression. Let us relive the spirit of the People Power Movement of 1986 and rock this Marcos wannabe out of his boots. It is in these times that as we reject fear governing our minds, we embrace freedom as governing our society.
Let us, the youth and the people united, stand brave in front of the Duterte dictatorship! Let us call for the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 to be junked!###