EAI-PH amplifies discussion on the newly enacted Anti-Terrorism Law

Various discussions on the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 2020 had been surfacing online even before President Rodrigo Duterte signed it into law on July 3, 2020. While information-sharing in the digital space was widely visible, Equal Access International-Philippines (EAI-PH), took the opportunity to also amplify the discussion through the traditional media platforms.

Towards the end of June and in the early part of July 2020, EAI-PH partnered with about 15 Mindanao-based news and media organizations (radio and TV) to talk about the newly enacted law. EAI-PH recognizes the need to amplify salient points of the law at the grassroots level, just like any other laws being implemented or proposed. 

EAI-PH staff Country Director Exan Sharief, Program Manager Joel Dizon and MERL Manager Tommy Pangcoga took turns in the discussion and presentation of the summary results of the online survey on the Anti-Terrorism Bill that EAI-PH conducted recently. (Download summary results here: https://ourmindanow.org/category/publications/)

“Putting this significant law, its security reform and development aspect into discussion is important, especially at the grassroots or community level. The law can only be fully implemented and observed if citizens and leaders support such dialogues”, said EAI Program Manager Joel Dizon in one of the radio interviews. 

Some of the local media organizations that provided their platform to discuss the ATA of 2020 are active partners of EAI-PH and are part of the regional messaging hub nodes. 

Moving forward, EAI-PH is eyeing activities and local discussion that support the ATA of 2020 implementation, specifically on security reform and peace education.

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