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Lagman Re Signing of Terror Act

President Rodrigo Duterte’s signing into law the “Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020” further stifles dissent, imposes prior restraint to freedom of expression, derogates civil liberties, and institutes state terrorism.

The new anti-terror law repeals the less repressive “Human Security Act of 2007” which provided for safeguards for fundamental freedoms.

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LAGMAN: PROPOSED ANTI-TERROR LAW NOT ENTITLED TO “BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT”

We should not wait for any abusive enforcement of the proposed “Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020” to happen after it becomes a law because the abuse is in the measure itself. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano...
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STATEMENT DISPUTING THE ALLEGATION THAT THE MORE THAN 50-YEAR OPERATION OF ABS-CBN CORPORATION...

The purported ban on the grant of legislative franchise to companies which have operated for more than 50 years is definitely another non-issue based on the following reasons: There is no...
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MANIFESTATION ON THE VALIDITY OF THE RETURN TO THE LOPEZ FAMILY OF THE OPERATIONS, FACILITIES AND...

BY: REP. EDCEL C. LAGMAN There is no constitutional provision in the 1987 Constitution which was violated when the premises, facilities and operations of ABS-CBN were returned in 1986 by the...
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LAGMAN: CYBER LIBEL AGAINST RAPPLER’S RESSA HAS LAPSED

Rappler’s chief executive officer Maria Ressa and Rey Santos, Jr. were convicted of a clearly prescribed offense of cyber libel when the trial judge errantly extended the prescriptive period of...
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LAGMAN: PDRS DO NOT CIRCUMVENT MEDIA’S 100% FILIPINO OWNERSHIP

The Philippine Deposit Receipts (PDRs) of ABS-CBN which are issued to foreign investors are completely compliant with the Constitution, and do not constitute a scheme to circumvent the...
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LAGMAN: CONVICTING RESSA MEANS HOLDING PRESS FREEDOM HOSTAGE

Press freedom received another devastating blow from the improvident and barren conviction of Rappler’s Maria Ressa for alleged commission of cyber libel even before it was criminalized, and the...
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LAGMAN: PDRs DO NOT DILUTE 100% FILIPINO OWNERSHIP OF MASS MEDIA

The issuance of Philippine Deposit Receipts (PDRs) by media networks like ABS-CBN Corporation does not violate the constitutional requirement of 100% Filipino ownership and management of mass media....
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SUMMATION OF THE ISSUES ON THE PHILIPPINE CITIZENSHIP OF MR. GABBY LOPEZ

1. When the 1935, 1973 and 1987 Constitution were drafted and ratified, the concept and fact of some Filipinos having dual citizenships were already in existence and known, particularly joint...
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LAGMAN: WHAT IS THE REAL SCORE ON TERROR BILL’S THIRD READING

To ascertain the real score of the voting on third reading by the House of Representatives on HB No. 6875 or the proposed “Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020”, Albay Rep. Edcel C. Lagman requested House...
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DEFERRAL OF ENROLLED ‘TERROR’ BILL JUSTIFIED BY WITHDRAWAL AND CLARIFICATION OF ‘YES’ VOTES

My call for Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano not to sign with alacrity the enrolled bill on the “Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020” is further justified by the withdrawal of some Representatives of their...
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LAGMAN: ‘TERROR’ BILL IS POSITIVE FOR REPRESSION

The proposed “Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020” is symptomatic positive for repression. Draconian features infect the “terror bill” from a 24-day warrantless arrest, a six-month ransacking of bank...
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LAGMAN URGES CAYETANO NOT TO SIGN ENROLLMENT OF ‘TERROR’ BILL

Albay Rep. Edcel C. Lagman formally asked Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano in a letter yesterday to hold in abeyance his signing of the enrolled bill on the proposed “Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020” which is...
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EXPLANATION OF NEGATIVE VOTE ON HOUSE BILL 6875 OR THE NEW ANTI-TERROR ACT

By: Rep. Edcel C. Lagman 03 June 2020 Before I explain my negative vote, I would like to ask the House Leadership to explain why I was not allowed to interpellate the sponsors of House Bill No. 6875...
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LAGMAN: DUTERTE PRIORITIZES DRACONIAN MEASURES OVER ECONOMIC STIMULUS ACT

President Rodrigo Duterte errantly considers more urgent the suppression of sporadic “acts of terrorism” by instituting draconian measures than enacting an economic stimulus package granting relief...
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LAGMAN BEWAILS ABANDONMENT OF HB 6732 ON ABS-CBN’S PROVISIONAL FRANCHISE AS A FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP

I bewail the abandonment of HB 6732 on the proposed provisional franchise for ABS-CBN for the following reasons: (1) This abandonment underscores the failure of leadership in the House after no less...
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LAGMAN: ABS-CBN’S INTERIM FRANCHISE - FROM A BULLET TRAIN TO A STALLED LOCOMOTIVE

After speeding like a bullet train, House Bill No. 6732, which carries a proposed provisional franchise for ABS-CBN, appears to have stalled like a misdirected locomotive. Although Speaker Alan...
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LAGMAN LAUDS CAYETANO AND HOUSE LEADERS FOR ‘SEEING THE LIGHT’ ON ABS-CBN FRANCHISE

I laud Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and the House leadership for seeing the light on the need to reconsider the approval on second reading of H.B. 6732 granting a provisional franchise to ABS-CBN on...
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LAGMAN: SPEAKER MUST DESIST FROM INTRANSIGENCE TO CURE DEFECTIVE PASSAGE OF INTERIM FRANCHISE

Exigency or even good motives cannot excuse or validate the repetition of an unconstitutional act or procedure. In the book of Ecclesiastes, which Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano is wont to invoke,...
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LAGMAN SCORES CAYETANO’S BASELESS TIRADES AGAINST HIM ON ABS-CBN’S FRANCHISE FIASCO

Contrary to the baseless tirades, albeit obliquely, against me by Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, I never blamed the House of Representatives for failing to act on the bills seeking the renewal of...
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LAGMAN: PASSAGE OF ABS-CBN’S INTERIM FRANCHISE MUST BE CLEANSED OF ANY CONSTITUTIONAL DEFECT

To cleanse the passage of HB No. 6732 granting a provisional franchise to ABS-CBN of any constitutional infirmity and to accommodate a longer effectivity of at least one year for the interim...
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LAGMAN: ALSO FAST TRACK ACTION ON ABS-CBN’S FRANCHISE RENEWAL

Depending on the will and predisposition of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, a bill can be approved with inordinate alacrity or can languish in virtual perpetuity. Thus, the approval of House Bill No....
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The grant of a provisional franchise to ABS-CBN... raises a number of problematic questions

The grant of a provisional franchise to ABS-CBN which will be effective up to October 31, 2020 raises a number of problematic questions, like the following:
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House Bill 6732: Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano buckled to pressure...

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano buckled to pressure and settled for a compromise grant of a provisionary franchise to ABS-CBN until October 31, 2020, which was approved on second reading in one session...
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LAGMAN: CAYETANO PRIORITIZES CONTEMPT OF NTC OVER ABS-CBN’S FRANCHISE RENEWAL

The critical renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise still languishes in the backseat as Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano prioritizes holding the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in contempt for...
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