BAGUIO CTIY (Mar. 31) — There is no chance for peace with the passage of the Human Security Act more popularly known as the Anti-Terrorism Bill (ATB), a veteran human rights lawyer and activist said in a forum today, March 31, held here at the Bishop’s House.
Atty. Neri Colmenares, spokesperson of the Counsels for the Defense of Liberties (Codal) and Bayan Muna third nominee said the passage of the ATB made peace talks between government and rebel groups impossible. He said that aside from the general rule of government not to negotiate with terrorists, the said law criminalized negotiation with groups declared as terrorists such as the New People’s Army (NPA), Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). He also said the passage of the law insults the rebel groups. Read the rest of this entry →