MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is still waiting for feedback from his legal team as regards the controversial Anti-Terrorism Bill.
The President himself said that the bill is still under review of the team and he is waiting for their recommendation.
“My legal is still reviewing it in Malacanang. Hindi ko pa natanggap. I had it reviewed. It’s always automatic, pagdaan sa akin, I endorse it to legal without even reading it actually, if you really want to know,” the President explained.
“It’s (the) legal (team) who will return it to me with a recommendation, by then, I will approve it or not,” he added.
Critics have been raising their concern about the bill, arguing against its provisions which to them pose a violation of human rights.
Meanwhile, the President insists that the communist rebels are the major threats to national security.
He cited the recent attacks by the new People’s Army (NPA) against government troops delivering goods to residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Terrorism is number one on our list. Actually the number one threat to the country ay hindi Abu Sayyaf, hindi ang mga terorista of no value. Itong high value targets ito iyong mga komunista. Kaya ang utos ko talaga sa Armed Forces, sa sundalo, upakan mo,” the President said.
[Terrorism is number one on our list. Actually, the number one threat to the country is not the Abu Sayyaf, not the terrorists of no value. The high-value targets are the communists. That’s why I ordered the Armed Forces, the military to neutralize them.]
President Duterte is planning to pay a visit to military camps in the coming days to check on the welfare of the soldiers. —MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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