Senate Committee on National Defense and Security chair Senator Panfilo Lacson opposed Interior Secretary Eduardo Año proposal to revive the anti-subversion law following the reports that minors are being recruited by the leftist groups.
According to Senator Lacson, the revival of the anti-subversion law only encroaches the right to peaceful assembly and protest.
“Na-decriminalize na ang Anti-Subversion Law. Anyway, ito naman will address ang aspect ng minors being recruited to join a terrorist group.” Lacson said.
“Kung magjo-join lang naman sa organizations like Kabataan party-list or Anakbayan, I don’t see any problem with that. Except of course that they are also violating the law for recruiting minors. Pero hindi pa naman sila lumalampas sa stage na magjo-join sila ng NPA,” he said.
The said law or Republic Act 1700 was enacted in 1957 with the goal of countering the Hukbalahap movement during that time.
According to Senator Drilon, the anti-subversion law was “buried” long time ago, due to its history from being prone to “abuse and a tool to harass”.
“The anti-subversion law was ‘buried’ a long time ago for it was proven that such a policy, aside from being prone to abuse and a tool to harass, undermined some of our basic constitutional rights,” Drilon said.