The UP College of Social Work and Community Development denounces in the strongest possible terms the passage of the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.
In our more than 50-year history as an institution we have consistently stood for civil liberties and human rights. The bill erodes, if not abrogates, human rights safeguards which CSWCD and UP in general have relied upon in our mission of instilling critical inquiry and scholarship, innovation and collective action towards social equity and justice.
We have also a proud tradition of working to protect our people during times of threat. We note that it is not the phantom terrorists the bill wishes to suppress that is threatening the citizenry. It is the authoritarianism of this government as evidenced by the bill itself that is causing harm.
We have seen in the last few months the paranoia of the state as it persecutes critics and threatens harm against those it perceives as non-compliant. This bill will only give it greater leeway for its gratuitous violence. We lament the fact that the government has devoted its full attention to the passage of the bill, instead of prioritizing measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CSWCD calls on our people to raise their voices against this travesty.
We condemn those in the House of Representatives and the Senate who have betrayed our democratic values.
We call on all Filipinos to remember and hold accountable all those who have betrayed our democracy through this proposed bill.