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Cong. Vilma Santos-Recto explains Anti-Terror Bill vote

Luis Manzano uploaded his mom Batangas 6th District Rep. Vilma Santos’ explanation for voting in favor of the Anti-Terrorism Bill.

  • House Bill 6875 recently passed its third and final reading.
  • Netizens have continuously opposed the passing of the said bill. 

With 173 votes in favor, 31 against, and 26 abstaining, the controversial House Bill 6875 or Anti-Terrorism Bill has passed its third and final reading.

One of the representatives who voted in favor of the bill is Batangas 6th District Representative Vilma Santos. While netizens have continued to call out those who voted “yes”, Santos’ son, Luis Manzano asked for his mother’s side and uploaded a screenshot of her reply on Twitter.

“To everyone asking, here’s what my mom said about the anti-terror bill,” he wrote.

Santos clarified that she is in favor of the bill “with reservations” because of the country’s current national security policy.

“I’m in favor of it WITH RESERVATIONS. I have a concern about the country’s national security policy. I just hope that the law enforcement agencies will implement it in accordance with the Constitution, full respect to human rights, and without any abuse whatsoever.”

Netizens said that even with the explanation and “reservations,” she still voted yes to the bill.

Others also called her out and said that Santos is staying blind to what the current administration is actually doing.

Another Twitter user also mentioned Operation Tokhang and the lockdown as reasons as to why the people cannot trust the police and the military.

Netizens have continuously campaigned against the bill by making #JunkTerrorBill and #JUNKTERRORBILLNOW trend on Twitter.

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