“Anti-terrorism bill” to terrorize Filipinos — PAMALAKAYA
Manila, Philippines — “We will not bow down; not especially that our civil and democratic rights will be transgressed with the approval of the anti-terrorism bill. Rather, we will mount protest actions not only against this repressive bill but moreover to its chief implementer President Duterte,” According to the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA), after the anti-terrorism bill was approved on its third and final reading in the House of Representatives yesterday.
In a statement, PAMALAKAYA also condemned the congressmen who voted in favor to the anti-terrorism bill, which the fishers’ group said was a treason to the Filipino people and called them a ‘rubber-stamp’ Congress.
“These congressmen who voted yes should be ashamed of themselves for acting like the Palace’s rubber-stamp. Amid the strong objection not only from militant groups but also from broad sectors and personalities, they still pushed the approval of the bill. They will be remembered in the history as the legislators who betrayed and put the people’s lives and rights in peril,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson and former Anakpawis Party-list solon said in a statement.
PAMALAKAYA will join various progressive organizations in an indignation protest against anti-terrorism bill at the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City in the afternoon today.
“Duterte is mistaken if he thinks that the anti-terrorism bill will silence the dissenters. Expect mass actions growing in numbers on a daily basis challenging the government’s authoritarian rule until the democracy is restored,” ended Hicap. ###