Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday approved an anti-terrorism bill, state media reported.
According to Philippine News Agency, the country’s presidential palace said in a statement Duterte signed the law – Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 – in “a measure that seeks to give the country more teeth to curb terror threats and acts.”
Duterte, who had previously expressed urgency in passing the bill, had until July 9 -- 30 days since June 9 when Senate sent it to presidential palace for approval -- to approve or veto the bill under the country's constitution.
Rights groups and some lawmakers have raised concerns that the bill -- amending the 2007 Human Security Act (HAS) -- could increase human rights abuses in the country.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.