Naging maugong na isyu nitong nagdaang mga araw ang anti-terror bill na sinertipikahan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte na “urgent”. Sa nasabing batas, makukulong ng 12 taon ang mga taong manghihikayat at mang-uudyok na gagawa ng mga teroristic activities.
Pero may boladas dito si Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray. Ayon kay Gray, sana daw ay magamit niya ang kanyang impluwensiya para makapag-isip ang mga tao para kani-kanilang sarili. Kasabay ng kanyang pagbibigay ng opinyon ay ang hashtag na #JunkTerrorBill.
“There is so much happening in the world and in our nation right now, and I know a lot of us want to just tune out because it all gets a bit overwhelming. But please, don’t allow that to be the reason we revert into silence and turn a blind eye… Im not here to influence you to think a certain way, but I hope I can influence you to think for yourself. #JunkTerrorBill,” boladas ni Catriona.
Dinepensahan naman ni Senador Tito Sotto ang nasabing panukala. Banat ng senador, ang mga natatakot lang daw ay mga terorista at mga sumusuporta sa mga terorista.
“It’s as good as passed. It will just need my signature if it comes back to us after ratification then I will transmit to the President… I suggest they read the bill first before reacting. Terrorists or their supporters are the only ones who will be afraid of the bill,” banat ni Sotto.
Ganito din ang naging pahayag ni Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Paliwanag ng kalihim, may mga probisyon sa nasabing panukala na magtitiyak na mapapangalagaan ang karapatang-pantao.
“What these detractors, mostly Reds and their allies, have done is to pick some provisions and add their own interpretations to scare people. People need not fear. The proposed law has safeguards of civil liberties and sanctions to law enforcement agencies… This bill was deliberated lengthily by both Houses and all sectors were invited as resource persons during these deliberations. All sides were heard… My comment on those opposing this measure is that their opposition is baseless as there are sufficient provisions protecting people’s rights and there are penalties and punishments for law enforcers caught abusing the law. Our people have nothing to fear,” sabi ni Lorenzana.