Stella Quimbo explains why she rejected the Anti-Terrorism Bill


She didn’t have to be a lawyer to know how problematic the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act is.

Marikina Rep. Stella Quimbo firmly voted against the Malacañang-backed measure, saying it was against the country’s laws to give so much power and discretion to law enforcement over who’s really a “terrorist.”

“I cannot support a bill that contradicts fundamental principles in the Constitution that protects our citizens,” the politiko said, sharing her explanation on Twitter.

“The bill allows law enforcement agents to detain a person for more than 20 days without filing criminal charges. That’s the very evil which the Bill of Rights in our Constitution seeks to prevent. Unacceptable,” added the economics professor turned legislator.

She earned the affirmation of netizens although the bill still went to pass in the chamber.