Flon Faurillo /
Far from Dead
The Anti-Terrorism Bill
is far from dead and could still be revived by those who wish to terrorize
the people. Government spokespersons claim the Philippines needs such a
law. But with the way “terrorism” is defined in the bill, the actual
targets of the measure are not the real terrorists but those who oppose
the administration – cause-oriented organizations, progressive party-list
groups, and opposition politicians. If Congress had succeeded in passing
the bill before adjourning last Feb. 9, it would have been a powerful
repressive weapon that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo could use against
her political opponents in the run–up to the May 2007 elections. It
remains important to keep watch, however, as administration congressmen
insist the bill can still be ratified in a special session called by
President Arroyo on Feb. 19 or in June when Congress resumes session.
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underline; figuratively, to
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