anti-terrorism law... why do people go against with it?

@migenKC (792)
Philippines
July 17, 2007 10:57pm CST
President Arroyos administration is being critisized by many different sectors.and there is another issue about the new bill(anti-terror law) that makes people go protest. i am getting confused! REALLY i do. terrorist who are caught are not panished because there is no law that supports to anti-terrorism. complaints from the victims are not heard for a long period of time and now that a law is newly created to go against the bomers and the terrorist.. people does not agree with it. there are many pending petitions now at the congress that go against the new bill. they say it is something like a marshal law. i want Filipinos to discuss this to make our minds clear.
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@tholitz (1127)
• Philippines
18 Jul 07
According to our law makers and even Sec. Norberto Gonzalez(hope I'm right), this anti-terror law have many lapses in it but must be implemented so that we will look good to those big countries who have a strong stand against terrorism, particularly the USA. So maybe people are afraid that the government will use this law to neutralize (this is a military lingo which have a broad meaning) those person or organization who are opposing them. That this law can be manipulated and used in other reason or objective.
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@migenKC (792)
• Philippines
18 Jul 07
ok..so you mean they just have to recreate the law so that it would be fairly effective for every one.
@tholitz (1127)
• Philippines
19 Jul 07
Well it's a compromise law to look good and at the same time receive favorable funds and support from the USA and other countries.
@tombiz (2039)
• Philippines
18 Jul 07
While the government of GMA is accused of being vindictive and paranoid (which has some basis actually), I think the accusers themselves are also paranoid. It is sad that this law is now being mixed with politics. Should we let the terrorists just be rejoicing because we could not get our acts in harmony? Or should we let instead these leftist groups be running after the terrorists? I am confused about these people.
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@cefaz_21 (2597)
• Philippines
18 Jul 07
because people are afraid they (the authorities) might use and abuse this law against people who openly displays thier disgust and dislike to government, and some are afraid that maybe it coul;d be the same as having martial laws, no rallies allowed, you can't say anything agains government because they will consider it as a terrorist act.. I just hope that whatever they planned is foir the good of everyone and not of themselves. Let's keep on praying for our beloved country.
@migenKC (792)
• Philippines
18 Jul 07
so you mean they are not against on having panishments to terrorists but against on prohibiting them to make complaints through rallies. i guess there are much more ways to hear complaints such as hearings at the supreme court.. rallies are very annoying! some are doing it too much. some of them are making investors away from our country to invest and make more jobs for the filipinos
@Philxav (733)
• Malaysia
13 Aug 07
Hi pal.. I'm from Malaysian.. i do agree with you and also i simply dont understand.. why many still not satisfy with Arroyo's administration. why they must protest the law.. its good law and it helps the people living in philippines. If ever this law is not established.. i tell you.. many will not prefer to go philippines for travel or to do business.. cos of their safety.. Your country is earning good revenue from its tourism industry and also foreign invesment... but if ever not law is imposed to stop the terrorism.. oh it really bad.. and ur country gonna loose that big revenue.. and people still state the philippines is not safe to be travelled..
• Philippines
12 Aug 07
I know we need laws in place to tackle terrorism. But from what I understand in the papers, people are against this new law because it is very broad in its definition of terrorism and of aiding terrorism. Moreover, it gives a lot of powers on the government to punish people suspected of terrorism. On top of this, the current government is being suspected by some people of "taking care" of activists who go against them. In short, many people do not trust the current government to use this law properly. They are afraid that the law will be abused and used to go after their political enemies. They are scared that the law will be used as a loophole against human rights. These are the reasons why this law is so controversial.
@stmartin (157)
• Macedonia
19 Jul 07
That is not true. Who the hell do not want anti-terrorism law? Where have you read about it? Do you have any sources on the Internet
@rsa101 (22783)
• Philippines
18 Jul 07
I think it's because it was created so hastily and there are indeed some loopholes that makes it advantageous to anyone in power. It just means that they could abuse the use of its power like warrantless arrest, wider power to the military and police. It's like having a very powerful police power to the state is also dangerous since the one in power could always manipulate it to his/her advantage to remain in power using this law. This destroys the true essence of democracy to voice our concerns anymore.