For having certified it as urgent, President Rodrigo Duterte is most likely to approve the Anti-Terrorism Law.

But the President is constrained to take a closer look at the bill and to scrutinize its provisions in view of wide public interest and protests against the bill that aims to give the government added fangs in fighting terrorism.

“The President did certify it as urgent so he agrees with the principal author of the bill, Senator Ping Lacson, that there is a need for the law, ” said Presidential spokesman Harry Roque.

“Let’s just say that the public interest on the bill will make the President review the provisions of the bill even closer,” he added.

The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 will repeal Republic Act 9372 or the Human Security Act (HSA) of 2007.

The President has 30 days to sign or veto the bill, from Tuesday, June 9, when copy of the proposed bill was received by the Palace. If not acted upon by the President within the period, the bill will lapse into law.

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