The recently enacted Anti-Terrorism Bill (ATB) has raised apprehensions from various sectors within the Philippines. In light of this, the University of the Philippines Institute of Human Rights (UP-IHR) director, Professor Elizabeth Aguiling-Pangalangan and senior lawyers Glenda Litong, Raymond Baguilat and Michael Tiu, Jr. drafted a Briefer entitled At a Glance: The Anti-Terrorism Bill, and a Primer: Facing Terror, to make sense of the proposed ATB.
At a Glance also digests and gives a rundown of the problematic provisions under the Anti-Terrorism bill and explains its consequences from a human rights perspective. Meanwhile, the Primer provides readers with a brief introduction of the ATB and the rationale for its enactment. It discusses in more detail provisions under the ATB and compares it with other relevant legislation and jurisprudence. A critique on the impact of the ATB to the Bill of Rights, its inherent limitations, and the threat that it poses against Indigenous Peoples and Muslim Filipinos is also conveyed.
It is hoped that the Institute’s contributions to the discussion on the ATB will spark further discourse and inform both lawyers and non-lawyers alike about the potential consequences of the enactment of this bill.