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Militants to CBCP: Reject Anti-terror law

06 July 2007— A Leftist group has urged the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to take a stand against the controversial anti-terror law. In a statement, the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas said Friday they are hopeful the CBCP will issue a strong statement against the bill passed by Congress months before the May 14 elections.

The appeal came a day before the CBCP 95th plenary assembly—the highest decision-making body of the Catholic hierarchy.

Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap expressed optimism the bishops will issue a “strong political message” condemning the anti-terror law.

“The Anti-Terror Act is not only a recipe for undeclared Martial Law,” Hicap said.

“It is the satanic version of the Roman Catholic Church’s 10 Commandments, leaving all of us in the mercy of the criminal and bankrupt regime of President Gloria Arroyo and the sadistic National Security cluster in Malacañang.”

The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance claimed the law is a wholesale threat against human rights and civil liberties.

The plenary assembly discusses and acts on reports of the different CBCP Commissions and usually being followed by reports by various dioceses concerning the national situation.

The militant group expects the 131 members of the CBCP to discuss major political issues like the conduct of the May 2007 elections, extrajudicial killings and the implementation of the anti-terror law.

The Pamalakaya also quoted Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez saying that the CBCP would study the implications of the Human Security Act of 2007. Leftwing activists, human rights watchdogs and civil libertarians expressed fears that the new law would spark massive violation of human rights and civil liberties of groups and individuals critical of the Arroyo administration.

“The CBCP’s divine intervention in the fight against the US-Arroyo partnership of terror is necessary, politically correct and morally upright,” Hicap added. (Roy Lagarde)