Isa sa mga binoboladas ng mga may ayaw sa anti-terrorism bill (ATB) ay ang pagkitil umano sa pamamahayag. Kaya ang banatng mga reklamador ay “activism is not terrorism”.
Ang patutsada na ito ng mga reklamador ay binutata ni Senate President Tito Sotto. Sa kanyang social media account, binuweltahan niya ang mga kritiko ng anti-terrorism bill.
“Activism daw is not terrorism. Eh sino bang gago may sabi na terrorism yun?” banat ng senador
Sa section 4 ng panukala ay malinaw na nakasaad na hindi saklaw ng ATB ang pagpapahayag ng sama ng loob sa gobyerno.
“Provided that terrorism, as defined by this Section, SHALL NOT INCLUDE advocacy, protest, dissent, stoppage of work, industrial or mass action, and other similar exercises of civil and political rights, which are not intended to cause death or serious physical harm to a person, to endanger a person’s life, or to create a serious risk to public safety.”
Magugunita na nilinaw na rin Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana ang mga nilalaman ng panukala. Ayon pa sa kalihim, karamihan daw sa mga umaangal ay mga komunista at mga supporters ng mga ito.
“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.