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Taylor Swift Wants Duterte-Backed Anti-Terror Bill Scrapped

Taylor Swift continues to let her voice be heard as she took to social media yesterday (June 2nd) to condemn the Philippine anti-terrorism bill as well as the death of George Floyd.

Swift is calling for President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-terrorism bill to be scrapped. She took to her social media pages to call for her followers to “educate themselves,” she then posted several links relating to information on the anti-terrorism bill as well as the hashtags, #JunkTerrorBill, #MassTestingNowPH, and #OustDuterte.

Duterte’s bill would allow the government to wiretap suspects, make arrests without warrants and hold them for 14 days without charging them.

Those that oppose the bill feel like it will suppress free speech and be used to harass those who don’t agree with Duterte. “We think this is against the constitution,” said human rights lawyer Jose Manuel Diokno. “Given the broader definition of terrorism, the administration’s critics could be tagged as suspected terrorists.” 

Duterte has also been criticized for making the bill a priority over an economic stimulus package to help citizens impacted by the Coronavirus.

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