DAVAO CITY—A group based in Mindanao is appealing to President Rodrigo Duterte to suspend the enforcement of the Anti-Terrorism Act even as it vowed to closely monitor the controversial law’s impact on people’s rights during its implementation.
The group Alisto (Be Alert) is composed of civil society groups in Mindanao and has transitioned from examining martial law enforcement to watching closely how the Anti-Terrorism Act would be implemented in Mindanao.
In a statement released during the group’s online launch on Tuesday (Dec. 1), Alisto questioned the law’s constitutionality and urged Duterte to allow further review to ensure it would not be abused, the Constitution wouldn’t be violated and people’s rights are protected.
“If we talk of legacy, it’s not yet too late,” said Mags Malana, one of Alisto’s spokespersons and also convenor of Konsensya Dabaw, one of the groups that are part of Alisto.
Duterte, said Malana, would not want