Flon Faurillo /
Everyone’s Fair Game, Twice
With the recent passage
by Congress of the Anti-Terrorism Bill, which President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
said she is waiting to sign into law, the situation is now as though the
Filipino people have two guns pointed at their heads without being aware
of it: the second phase of Oplan Bantay Laya (Operation Freedom Watch), a
counter-“insurgency” plan that does not distinguish between revolutionary
guerrillas and legal activists and makes them all targets for
“neutralization”; and the passage of the Anti-Terrorism Bill or the Human
Security Act, a measure that defines “terrorism” so broadly that even
legal protest actions may be classified as “acts of terrorism.” With
these, every Filipino is now fair game for state forces – twice over.
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