The ANC Brief: Terrorism and our rights


Posted at Jun 02 2020 05:01 AM

As the country battles a virus, the government wants to amend the country’s anti-terrorism bill. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

More teeth
President Duterte certified as urgent a law that gives more teeth to government efforts to fight terrorism. But the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) said the bill threatens some of our human rights and worsens impunity.

Point by point
Solicitor General Jose Calida finally made an appearance in Congress during the hearings on the ABS-CBN franchise. He warned about the sub judice rule in talking about the quo warranto case against the network but enumerated the network’s supposed violations anyway. He also threatened Coco Martin that he would to make the Kapamilya actor “eat his words” after Martin criticized Calida. Meanwhile, network bosses answered allegations made by Rep. Rodante Marcoleta point by point.

Lack of transport
It was Metro Manila’s first day under general community quarantine (GCQ) with some problems already being made apparent. Chief of these are the lack of public transport. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said there will be sufficient mass transport for commuters soon. Interior Sec. Eduardo Ano said quarantine passes are no longer required except in “critical” areas.

Holed up
Protests across the US sparked by the death of African-American George Floyd in the hands of police entered their sixth night. US President Donald Trump is reportedly holed up in a bunker inside the White House as calls for him to exercise some leadership and address the nation properly on the violence ring out.

Spaghetti scam
Social media feasted over an influencer who has apparently been lying and leveraging on industry friendship in the name of content. As ANCX opines, there’s a line you must not cross—especially during a pandemic.