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ESPERON: Activism is not terrorism

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. clarified that activism is not terrorism as critics say that the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 would infringe on civil and political rights.

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That is not true, said Esperon in an interview with CNN Philippines’ The Source on July 2, referring to claims by critics that the state could consider activism as a terrorist act under the anti-terror law.
“That is prohibited under the definitions of terrorism, Section 4 which states that it shall not include advocacy, protest, dissent, stoppage of work, industrial or mass actions and other similar exercises of civil and political rights. And so, it does not include people going to the streets if they have legitimate grievances and the exercise of course of freedom of expression,” Esperon told program host Pinky Webb. 
Esperon also said that the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC), by itself, cannot order the arrest of persons suspected of terrorism,
ATC is not a judicial body or a quasi-judicial body and that it can only order the arrest after proscriptions or after designations (by the Court of Appeals), he said.

ATC can’t order arrest of persons suspected of terrorism

MANILA – The Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) cannot order the arrest of persons suspected of terrorism, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. clarified in an interview with CNN Philippines’ The Source on July 2.Esperon told program host Pinky Webb, said ATC is not a judicial body or a… Read More

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