Ayoko yan! Camarines Sur Rep. Gabriel Bordado explains opposition to anti-terror bill


Camarines Sur Rep. Gabriel Bordado was one of the few lawmakers who voted no to the new anti-terror bill.

Bordado shared his explanation for his no vote in a Facebook post.

According to him, he agrees that the current Human Security Act needs to be amended to make it more responsive to terror threats.

The Philippines does need a stronger anti-terrorism law, he said.

However, the anti-terror bill contains provisions that puts Filipinos under peril and squashes their civil liberties, he said.

Our freedom could be in jeopardy, he added.

Even the principal sponsor of the measure in the House voted no, he pointed out.

Lawmakers should come up with a better bill!

“WHY I AM VOTING NO TO HB 6875 (ANTI-TERRORISM ACT OF 2020): Mr. Speaker, I fully agree with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on the ‘urgent need’ to amend the Human Security Act of 2007 ‘to adequately and effectively contain the menace of terrorist acts for the preservation of national security and the promotion of general welfare.’

Thirteen years after the passage of the Act, a lot of things had happened here in the Philippines and in other parts of the world. Since then, terrorism has been hounding us, with the infamous Marawi siege serving as a recent reminder.
We do need a very strong anti-terrorism law. Certain provisions of House Bill 6875, however, threaten to put our countrymen in peril, practically squashing their civil liberties and putting their freedom in virtual jeopardy.
I am, therefore, voting NO to House Bill 6875.

BREAKING NEWS (as of 8:15pm): The principal author and defender of HB 6875, Rep. Ruffy Biazon, also voted NO!” Bordado posted.