Malacanang on Tuesday revealed that the proposal of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año to revive the Subversion Law needed further studying.
In a press briefing, Panelo said that the DILG chief’s proposal needs further review, noting that joining organizations to express legitimate grievance against the government is not illegal.
To recall, Año has said the Anti-Subversion Law — which was repealed in 1992 — should be restored as intelligence reports indicated that some 500 to 1,000 youths are being indocrinated every year by the communist rebels.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, on the other hand, believes amending and strengthening the Philippines’ anti-terrorism law will suffice instead of criminalizing subversion again.
One provision that Guevarra said he believes needs to be scrapped is the section that imposes a penalty of P500,000 a day upon any law enforcement officer who “mistakenly accused and prosecuted a person for terrorism, even if done in good faith.”
“Being leftist is far from being terrorist,” added Guevarra, to which Panelo agreed.
“I think that should be addressed to the lawmakers because they are the ones legislating the laws. They should provide more teeth to that,” said Panelo.