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‘I know better now.’ Pia Wurtzbach clarifies stance on anti-terrorism bill

“Hi! I never supported it po. Just want to make that clear once and for all :) I didn’t speak up much because I didn’t feel like I knew enough. I know better now. #JunkTerrorBill”

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach shared her sentiments on the Anti-Terrorism Bill. In her post, she clarified that she never supported the bill and stated that she has knows better now.

“Hi! I never supported it po. Just want to make that clear once and for all 🙂 I didn’t speak up much because I didn’t feel like I knew enough. I know better now. #JunkTerrorBill”

Wurtzbach has previously praised President Rodrigo Duterte for his support on having the Philippines’ host the 65th Miss Universe pageant in the country.

Recently, Congress rushed the approval of the “Anti-Terrorism Bill” because the President tagged it as urgent. As of June 3, the bill is officially up for Duterte’s final signature as it was approved on final reading only a day after it got the second reading approval. Representative Jericho Nograles said, “When approved on third reading, it will be an enrolled bill for the action of the President. He may sign, veto any or all provisions, or not act on the measure for it to lapse into law.”

Many want the anti-terrorism bill junked since it will allow warrantless arrests and detention of people and groups perceived to be terrorists. It seeks longer detention period from three days under the current law to up to 14 days, extendable by another 10 days. The new bill removes the provision for payment of damages at 500,000 per day. It is overall seen as a bill that is against the Philippine Constitution, which states that the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

Despite the call of many citizens to discard the bill, the House of Representatives still approved it on its third and final reading, triggering fear and anger in people.



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