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Jolo twin blasts to put anti-terror law to the test, says Hataman

Basilan lone district Rep. Mujiv Hataman condemned on Tuesday morning the twin explosions in Jolo, Sulu that resulted to the death of at least 15 people and the injuring of 77 others.

Rep. Mujiv Hataman

The Deputy Speaker at the same time noted the bloody incident would “put to the test” the controversial Republic Act (RA) 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 2020.

“I urge our law enforcement authorities to investigate this fully and bring the perpetrators to justice. As this puts to test the recently enacted Anti-Terrorism Law, we hope to see it work without the abuses and misuses we warned about concerning indiscriminate arrests and violations of human rights,” the Mindanaoan said.

Hataman voted against the approval of the Anti-Terrorism Bill in the House of Representatives last June, as he feared that the law could potentially be discriminatory against his fellow Muslims.

“Now more than ever, we condemn this act of terrorism,” he said of the Jolo blasts. “We will not allow a few to curtail our road to peace. We will not allow these cowards to achieve their misguided objectives, and we will not bow down to fear.”

“Walang lugar ang terorismo sa ating mapayapang lipunan, at lalong walang lugar ang mga terorista sa ating mga pamayanan at bayan (Terrorism has no place in a peaceful society, and terrorists in particular have no place in our country),” he added.

The Deputy Speaker and former governor of the now-defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao also expressed his “deepest condolences and sincerest sympathies” to the kin of the blast fatalities, which included seven soldiers.

“We grieve with you as you cope with another unnecessary loss from an act of terrorism,” he said.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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