Paduano: Law-abiding citizens should not be afraid of anti-terrorism bill

ABANG Lingkod Party list Representative Stephen Paduano said law- abiding citizens should not be afraid of Anti-Terrorism Bill.

"Only those members of a terrorist group or persons who join or commit terroristic act should be wary about it," Paduano said.

He said people with dissenting opinion, joining rallies, demonstration, joining unions, even political opposition are not part of terrorism group for as long as they are not commiting or intending to commit terror act.

Paduano made the statement as various oppositions and critics are starting to condemn the Anti-Terrorism Bill passed by the two houses of congress.

It is now awaiting for the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte to become a law.

Paduano who is a former national commander of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army said there are no perfect laws and implementors.

"Laws found weak or defective should and always be amended or repealed. Just like Human Security Act of 2007 that we want to be repealed," he further said.

Oppositions are apprehensive of the warrantless arrest feature of the bill.


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