Anti-Terrorism Bill: A Threat To The Human Rights

Anti-Terrorism Bill: A Threat To The Human Rights

by: Jessica E. Dimaya

     Based on the Anti-Terrorism Bill the term “terrorism” is defined as the use of violence or other destructive means to create public panic or individual fear or to force or scare the government from doing certain acts. Threatening to use violence to create panic is also considered terrorism. Destructive means include harming people, destroying public or private property, critical infrastructure, essential facilities or mass transportation systems, taking people as hostage, killing or attacking persons, attacking the cyberspace, engaging in environmental abuse, and handling nuclear or similarly harmful weapons. And one can be charged of terrorism if found contributing to it, for instance, hiding a terrorist, giving money, helping arrange meetings, or providing training facilities.

   Under this bill, any person suspected of terrorism may be arrested even without warrant. The bill also allows the use of surveillance devices such as tape recorders, cameras, and electronic tracking devices in order for the government to intercept and read email and voice mail messages of suspected terrorist even without a warrant.

By analyzing the definition of terrorism I was able to conclude that even students, laborers, transport groups, or anyboby conducting strike may be considered as terrorist since there is always a possibility that strikes may create public panic. Journalists, as well, may be negatively affected by this bill. Why? Reporters are supposed to develop as many sources as possible including those whom the government might cosidered as terrorist. If this bill was passed, journalist would be obliged to become witnesses against there sources, or else be in danger of being themselves charged with helping terrorism. According to the definition, to force or scare the governmentfrom doing certain acts is considered as terrorism. In other words, if there’s an intention to force the government to do this or that you are already commiting an act of terrorism.

The scenarios that I have stated are some of the dangerous implications on human rights. Those are manifestations that the freedom of speech, of assembly, the right to privacy & other constitutionally-mandated rights are likely to be abused.

I believe that the objective of the bill is sound, however, aside from the fact that there is no point of balance, it is proposed by the wrong people at the wrong time. I stated that there is no point of balance because even though the bill has this objective to protect the national interest, there is still dangerous implications on human rights. I also stated that the bill is proposed by the wrong people at the wrong time because first, the proponents of this bill are under the administration and second, the Arroyo Administration is no longer credible in formulating laws especially those with concern to human rights.

I  also believed that the administration has this ulterior motive to use the bill as a weapon against its destabilizers. In my opinion, it is Gloria Arroyo’s well-grounded fear of suffering the same fate as her predecessor, Joseph Estrada, of being overthrown and jailed, that is driving her and her followers to urge the Congress to immediately approve the bill.

I am not against the Anti-Terrorism Bill as long as it is implemented properly and as long as there will be control measures in order to safeguard the human rights.

20 Comments »

  1. Vanessa Karen Fajardo Said:

    Actually, this bill sucks!!!
    Its just a strategy of the government to hide those skeletons in their closet. It could violate our human rights-unconstitutional (Art. 3 Bill of Rights) esp. the freedom of speech. Nowadays, there’s a lot of repression coming from the government. I really oppose this bill!!

  2. Kris John Said:

    Passing this bill into law will be a concrete manifestation that the government is really guilty of all the charges being accused to them. i support jeca in saying that it’s a defence and an ofense mecahnism that the gov’t is pushing through to magically legalize their unlawful acts. if this bill became a law, the gov’t had just ridicule themselves, why? because they, upon voting for this bill, had just taken each rights of the people. if they really want transparency they should serve well for the people to be loyal to them…

  3. jay-r lumbo Said:

    anti-terrorism… isa sa mga bills na ipinasa na sa tingin ko din ay talagang nakakasira sa ating pamumuhay, specially sa rights ng mga tao. kasi sa aking palagay walang terorista ako magaganap naterorismo kung angmga nakaupo sa pwesto ay magiging loyal at tapat sa mga tao.. kasi kung hindi magiging sakim sa kapangyarihan ang mga namumuno sa mundo… maaaring walang maganap na terorismo… ang tanging sagot dyan… loyalty & honesty is the best policy… tadah!!!!!!

  4. Irene Said:

    well i share the same view with author, it is the same scenario that ordinary americans face. Even without actual terrorism which justify the passage of this bill curtailment of human right (the right to be left alone in normal circumstances) is already exisitng in the context of intelligence gathering for national security and for sovereingty of the state.. never it will be justified as a way to eliminate opposition or machination for survival.. it will bring the demise of the rule of law which mankind have fought for…..

  5. king jhan lascano Said:

    i think the government should study this first…..
    ok, the intention is good, but they should realize that this is unconstitutional. if this would be approved, we are really under dictatorship. it violates our human rights and they are suppressing our freedom

  6. dana evangelista Said:

    kailangan ba natin ang anti-terrorism bill?
    kung wala akong alam sa pulitika at ang iniisip ko ay para sa kapakanan ng tao, sasabihin kong kailangan natin ito. kailangan kasi natin ng safety place to live in, yung tipong hindi tayo mababahala kung maglakad man tayo sa mall o mamalengke nang hindi man lamang nakakapagsulat ng ating last will and testament.
    pero kung ang iisipin natin, sino ba ang mag-iimplement ng batas na ito (if ever…)? parang ang isasagot ko na lang ay WAG na! this will just create another way to abuse power

  7. Katigbak, Karla Elaine Said:

    For me I am against anti terrorist bill because first, it can abuse human rights. Human rights must be the priority of the government. At paano ako makakasigurado na hindi fake o gawagawa ang mga ebidensyang iprepresent nila at pwede ri nilang maging tactic ito for their own interest.

  8. Katigbak, Karla Elaine Said:

    For me I am against anti terrorist bill because first, it might abuse human rights. Human rights must be the priority of the government. At paano ako makakasigurado na hindi fake o gawagawa ang mga ebidensyang iprepresent nila at pwede ri nilang maging tactic ito for their own interest.

  9. Ma. Shiela H. Garcia Said:

    i’m also against the anti-terrorism bill not only because this can violate our human rights but this could also make things worse,, because the people will only protest because their rights such as their freedom of speech and right to privacy will be abused by the government,, if ever this bill would be passed, the government should prioritize first the human rights of the people …

  10. lea baluyot Said:

    Im anti- terrorism. The government should prioritize first human rights before anything else thats all i can say.
    Well done!

  11. Gerald Valhet Mesina Said:

    Remmember the story of the great dog who protect the hunters child from the wolf ………….

    The HUnter killed his own dog who protect his child because of lack of proper reason and at the end discpovering that his dog saves his child ………………………………………………

    Ladies and getllemen the aNTITERRORISM BILL

    tHIS IS A VERY SENSITICE ISSUE THAT needs intense investigation on the matter of the bill and its implications

  12. (again… i’m going to be the devil, since everyone seems to hate the bill)

    if you all think that the bill is unconstitutional and anti human rights eklavoo blah-blah… then what do you suppose should be the mechanism to be used by the government to fight terror…?!? we cant fight a battle sitting down on peace talks when the terrorists are bititng our foot under the table…. we need a concrete legislation to fight terror… since i suppose you all know that there are terrorists everywhere… the one sitting beside you might be a terrorist, who knows?
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  13. manelle Said:

    On my own, anti-terrorism bill is a good idea but the rights of thge nation must be considered and protected by the government. They don’t have to approve it if it will just satisfy the whims and caprices of the other government officials. They must be fair and be careful on making decision.

    Great ideas!!!

  14. ralph julious villamor Said:

    the latent intenion on this bill is ‘the protection of the human life against terrorist’ indeed its good db.

    what i dont want in this bill is that they would compromise individual right just to uphold the anti-terrorism procedure. i cant somehow see the valid ogic on this!

    pero its good, it just need some careful revisions on the procedure. maybe they could thing of something more valid than that!

    nice jecka!!!

  15. josephine lucero Said:

    Anti terrorism Bill trully a threat to our human rights if we analyzed the definition of terrorism.

    It is given that anti-terrorism will ensure the safety of many people. Because of this bill public and individual fear or to force the government from doing certain acts will be suppressed.

    But lets look with its negative effects. Yes the writer was right, students, laborers, etc. will negatively affected. And we the people will also suffer much.

  16. josephine lucero Said:

    Anti terrorism Bill trully a threat to our human rights if we analyzed the definition of terrorism.

    It is given that anti-terrorism will ensure the safety of many people. Because of this bill public and individual fear or to force the government from doing certain acts will be suppressed.

    But lets look with its negative effects. Yes the writer was right, students, laborers, etc. will negatively affected. And we, even an ordinary people will also suffer from its negative effects.

  17. 2nel_sanchez Said:

    haiz..xenxa ngayon lang menagcomment dito…dmi kcginagawa…
    well…hmm..it seems na yang anti-terrorism billn yan ay magdudulotng malaking pinsala smgamamamayan….accdng tour article…any person sus[ected wouldbearrested…anu un?iaarestn di dumaan sdueprocess….shame….mdedeprive ang human rights nten nyan…i think…its better n di maipasayang bill na yan…mga civilian angmagsusuffer…the gov’t isusing this proposed bill toprotect their self interests…nice article..im not aware of that..thanks to ur article,i was informed…
    godbless..(“,)

  18. 2nel_sanchez Said:

    at pag naipasa ito…paanonaang mag aktibista nabuong tapang naipinaglalaban ang mga hinaing ng sambayanan…if they would be arrested..who wouldfight forour rights..whehehe..pahabol lng…
    godbless..(“,)

  19. salome saro Said:

    hahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!
    cenxa na ngaun lang nkblik…
    ganda ng topic
    cno b nmn ang d mkakarel8…
    i think… it is too hard to enjoy our human rights if the authority firmly states that its control is needed to preserve peace and order…

    this bill is quite worrying huh….
    maraming inosenteng indibidwal at walang kaalam alam na mamamayan angposibleng manganib!

    dapat aksyunan agad ito>>>>

  20. kristine tyrol Said:

    define muna nten clearly the word terrorism bk onting rally considerd as terrorism act n, pty kng artcle 2 sec1 k…

    ala msm s anti tero the definition lng mga tol


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