The Philippines government is on the verge of enacting Anti-Terror Bills after the House of Representative and the Senate recently passed the House Bill 6875 and Senate Bill 1083 to replace the Human Security Act of 2007.
In its joint letter to President Republic of the Philippines, the ITUC/ITUC-AP strongly expressed that the Bills if signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte into Law will further securitise, shrink and stifle civic space and rights at work, placing workers, trade union activists and other human rights actors and defenders under even more jeopardy and danger of arbitrary, indiscriminate and baseless attacks, harassments, intimidation and killings at the hand of the police, the military and other security agencies.
In solidarity with Filipino workers, the ITUC/ITUC-AP urge President Duterte to vote the anti-terror Bills. Anti-terrorism legislation as such should be deliberated in full compliance with Philippines obligations under ILO Convention 87 and other international human rights obligations through tripartite and wide public consultations.
The ITUC and ITUC-AP Joint Letter to President Rodrigo R. Duterte is attached.