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Duterte ‘inclined’ to sign Anti-Terror Bill – Palace

first_imgMANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte is inclined to sign the controversial Anti-Terrorism Bill into law, his spokesperson Harry Roque said in a television interview Tuesday morning.Roque revealed in an interview with CNN Philippines’ The Source that the controversial measure is already being reviewed by President Duterte, although there was no timetable when it will be signed.“Rhetorically, President Duterte said he was waiting for Senator Panfilo Lacson to finish his commas and periods. But the enrolled bill is now on the desk of the President,” Roque said.“He is taking a final look at it, but I think he’s inclined to sign it,” the Palace spokesperson added.Roque also noted that President Duterte is likewise waiting for the final review of the Office of the Executive Secretary as well as possible inputs from the Department of Justice, which conducted its own review.Militant and human rights groups, among others, fear that the Anti-Terrorism Act will be abused and used to go after critics of the government, while Commission on Human Rights called on the bill’s vague definition of terrorism.Under the anti-terrorism bill, persons who shall threaten to commit terrorism, and those who will propose any terroristic acts or incite others to commit terrorism shall suffer imprisonment of 12 years.Suspected persons can be detained for 14 days without a warrant of arrest with an allowable 10-day extension. A 60-day surveillance on suspected terrorists can also be conducted by the police or the military, with an allowable 30-day extension./PN Protesters march toward the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City against the Anti-Terrorism Bill on June 4, 2020. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque says President Duterte is inclined to sign the controversial measure into law. MARK DEMAYO/ABS-CBN NEWS last_img read more

Trackers open NAMHL season at home this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers will be playing their first games of the Northern Alberta Midget Hockey League season on home ice this weekend.The Trackers will be hosting the Leduc Roughnecks in their home opener tomorrow afternoon, before taking to the ice once again on Sunday morning to face the Strathcona ACT Warriors.Head coach David Johnston says that the team learned a number of valuable lessons last weekend when they went 2-and-2 at the Kamloops International Thanksgiving Midget Tier 1 tournament. Johnston says that though the Trackers had a defensive collapse in the third period of their fourth game last weekend that cost them the win, the team has been improving immensely in the defensive zone during practice this week.- Advertisement -The puck drops for the Trackers home opener tomorrow afternoon at 1:45, and again on Sunday at 10:00.last_img read more