No one can silence the truth

No one can silence the truth

Statement on the Anti-Terror Bill

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Proverbs 31:8-19

We are drastically returning to the dark times. The powerful few are exploiting the Filipino people’s worsening vulnerability.

Instead of focusing and channeling all the time and energy to fight the pandemic, President Duterte certified the Anti-Terror Bill as “urgent” on June 1. On June 3, the House of Representatives voted on the draconian bill — an overwhelming 173 lawmakers gave their thumbs up, 31 voted no, and 29 abstained.

The Anti-Terror Bill aims to bestow enormous powers to the Chief Executive, which, if abused, can weaponize the law in order to create fear even among legitimate critics. We have clearly seen at the beginning of this administration that certain landmark policies it enforced were wrongfully implemented. An infamous example is the war on drugs, which unjustly claimed thousands of lives and orphaned countless children. If such executive powers are made accessible, it opens a door for misuse and abuse… a corruptive power that scheming government officials may not be able to resist.

The Families for Truth Justice and Peace condemns any attempt to pass this vicious measure. This attempt to grab more power to silence legitimate critics not only curtails freedom and peaceful redress but also a clear attempt to deny people’s right to hold decision makers accountable. It is unconstitutional. It robs the Filipino people its civil liberties. This must be stopped, for it denies the people truth, justice and peace.

The Filipino people are closely watching and fervently praying. No one can silence the truth.

“Let me not be put to shame, Lord, for I have cried out to you; but let the wicked be put to shame and be silent in the realm of the dead. Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.” (Psalm 31:17-18)

Families for Truth, Justice and Peace
5 June 2020