Note: This is an ante-dated post (actual date of event)
We all wished we didn’t have to protest during a pandemic but protest becomes imperative when the erosion of our liberties become increasingly a reality.
The House of Representatives has passed the Anti-Terrorism Bill for the signature of the President. The bill, if it becomes a law, empowers a council made up of the President’s appointed alter-egos to order the arrest of anyone, without warrant, suspected not only of committing, but of merely planning to commit the vaguely-defined crime of terrorism–for up to twenty-four (24) days!
With a government that openly red-tags and accuses activists and many other ordinary civilians as terrorists for merely expressing their political beliefs against this administration, a law of this kind dangerously allows the indiscriminate arrest, on mere suspicion of a politically-motivated council of the President’s men, of anyone suspected committing terrorist activities. Note, again, without the intervention or scrutiny of the courts! The bill also removes the hefty penalty to be imposed on law enforcers for wrongful conduct or execution of the law, now giving license to police officers to brazenly commit abuses without the pain of penalty.
With the tendency of this administration to use the law and government processes to harass its political opponents, the fear of this prospective law is not unfounded. It must be rejected by all means!