Calls mount vs ‘urgent’ anti-terrorism bill


MANILA, Philippines — Human rights groups and opposition lawmakers on Tuesday made a desperate call to Congress not to approve the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, warning that the measure aimed at crushing terrorism could easily be abused to crack down on dissent and constrict the democratic space in the country.


President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday certified the bill as urgent, a signal for its immediate passage by the administration-dominated...