House panel postpones adoption of anti-terror bills amid human rights concerns

The House Committee on Public Order and Safety was forced to delay the adoption of bills that would amend the Human Security Act (HSA) of 2007 as concerns about possible human rights abuses were raised.

Several legislators have expressed their opposition to the bills filed at the House during the committee hearing Tuesday afternoon.

Leftist organizations have slammed the proposed amendments to the HSA, believing it can be used against legitimate dissent by merely tagging critics of the administration as terrorist groups.

Muntinlupa Rep. Rufino Biazon, however, clarified that the amendments aim to target only terrorists and not political groups.

Meantime, the committee has decided to suspend the hearing due to lack of time and will just resume deliberations on March 10.