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The brainchild of the military men in President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet, the 2020 Anti-Terrorism Law is now fully a Duterte-enabled legislation because it bears his signature and was fast-tracked due to his blessing.
The dangerous law is now in effect and it’s Duterte’s alter-egos who will form the powerful Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC), a group that can brand a person or a group as a terrorist and order arrest.
So what’s next for the anti-terror law? Rappler’s Malacañang reporter Pia Ranada talks to Karen Gomez-Dumpit, a commissioner at the Commission on Human Rights, about who are vulnerable should this law be abused.
Dumpit also shares tips on what to do if one becomes a target because of this law. Her first tip? Don’t panic.
Seat of Power is Rappler’s podcast about the Duterte presidency and its impact on Filipinos.
Listen to other Seat of Power episodes:
- Episode 1: COVID-19 ward doctor assesses Duterte’s pandemic response
- Episode 2: Duterte’s hands all over ABS-CBN franchise rejection
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