MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has recently signed an anti-terrorism law that critics say will trigger a crackdown on criticism of the government and increased human rights abuses.

According to a UPI press release on July 4, 2020, the President of the Philippines said: "The terrorism we speak of often strikes at any time and place. It's a crime against the people and humanity, so fighting against terrorism requires a comprehensive approach. ”

Earlier this week, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urged Duterte to sign the bill, and human rights activists in the country also spoke out against it.

Edit: Pang Kong