Prov’l gov’t, LCEs of Eastern Samar support Anti-Terrorism Bill
BORONGAN CITY, June 23 (PIA) – Governor Ben Evardone and some local chief executives present in a meeting on Thursday signed a manifesto of support to the Anti-Terrorism Bill.
The manifesto was entitled “No to Terrorism, Yes to Development.”
The group of chief executives believes that the President need to approve the bill immediately because terrorists do not recognize time or occasion when they attack.
The ‘manifesto’ also stated the violent incidents the terrorists did in Eastern Samar.
One such incident was on December 13, 2019, in the middle of the Christmas season, when the rebels ambushed some policemen and civilians that died while most were injured.
Also, in November 2019, just days after the province’s Founding Anniversary Celebration, six soldiers were killed and twenty were injured in a bombing incident.
Lastly, NPAs demanded a share of a ‘relief goods’ in Balangiga town provided by the LGUs to its people due to the COVID-19 threat.
As a province that suffered ‘terrorist attacks,’ the signatories are convinced that existing laws are still not enough to stop terrorism in the country.
They agree that a stronger legal backbone is needed to support the ‘criminal justice system’ in response to terrorism.
By signing on the said manifesto, they believe that the Anti-Terror Bill is needed to achieve peace and sustainable development.
They emphasized their high respect to the Constitution and human rights.
“We stress that the Anti-Terror Bill must be implemented with full respect to civil, political, and human rights at all times. We, as a society, will not stand idly by if it is used as an instrument for abuse and illegality,” stated the manifesto in part.
“We are of the position that battling terrorism and respecting constitutional rights are not mutually exclusive. We can do both. It is in this context that we express our support to the Anti-Terror Bill and call for its passage and lawful implementation.”
The manifesto concluded that the Anti-Terror Bill will help achieve peace and prosperity in Eastern Samar. (Reden D. Tangara and nbq/PIA 8 E. Samar with reports from Pen Pomida)