Association of Religious Superiors Voices Deep Concerns over New Anti-Terrorism Law in the Philippines - Full Text

AMRSP statement on the enactment of the Anti-Terrorism Law
The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines is deeply saddened by the signing of the Anti-Terror Law which takes effect 15 days from now.

In a previous statement we have joined the voices of concern and opposition to this draconian measure that we firmly believe will stifle basic rights and freedoms.

In light of faith, we cannot in conscience accede to a law that may assault human dignity and human rights. At a time that our people are battling the effects of Covid-19 we find no reason to pass a law that does not serve to alleviate their miserable plight. Unemployment, the closure of businesses, the continuing spread of the virus, and the lack of relief for our people are the most-pressing concerns at this time.

We welcome the move of lawyers, religious and other civic leaders in filing an urgent petition in the Supreme Court.

We pray that the Supreme Court grants the petition for a Temporary Restraining Order. We trust that the good women and men of the highest court of the land will be guided by the common good of all and by the Philippine Constitution. We implore them that in these gathering clouds of darkness, let the light of rule of law and ultimately, justice shine ever bright.

We ask all women and men of goodwill, fellow religious and all who cherish our rights and freedoms: Stand Your Ground and Be with the Poor and Downtrodden!
Truth, justice and peace will prevail.

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” – 2 Corinthians 4:8
Fr. Cielito R. Almazan, OFM and Sr. Marilyn A. Java, RC
AMRSP Co-Chairpersons