Chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo on Friday asked President Rodrigo Duterte to sign the Anti-Terrorism Bill, citing the measure has enough safeguards to prevent abuse.
Panelo made the recommendation after a “careful and thoughtful review” of the bill. The measure has garnered criticisms for its alleged vague provisions that could open opportunities for violation of human rights.
“Our office has studied each and every provision, which should not be read in isolation but in connection with each other so as to render the document in its entirety, as well as its directives, effective in combatting terrorism, and found the same passing the constitutional test,” Panelo said.
“The bill contains sufficient safeguards which ensure that its provisions would be implemented and enforced against those who intend to sow and create a condition of widespread and extraordinary fear and panic among the populace through lawless actions without violating the latter’s political and civil rights.”