ANTI-RED-TAGGING BILL SEEN AS URGENT
The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and Anakpawis Partylist have reiterated their call for Malacañang to certify as urgent Senate Bill 2121 or the Anti-Redtagging bill that seeks to criminalize the act of red-tagging.
KMP renewed its demand as the Department of Justice (DOJ) finally called out the dangers of red-tagging.
"It is significant that the DOJ realized as disturbing frequent red-tagging complaints. To hasten the deliberation and approval of the measure authored by Senator Franklin Drilon, the proposed legislation must be certified as urgent. We encourage Malacanang not to dismiss or ignore legitimate grievances against red-tagging," said KMP chairperson Danilo Ramos.
Under current laws, red-tagged individuals may only file cases for harassment, defamation, coercion, unjust vexation and violation of privacy laws against those making allegations against them.
"Buhay ang katumbas ng red tagging. Red-tagging cost the lives of farmers who were subjected to reckless endangerment of state forces. Red-tagging also led to the incarceration of activists advancing legal and legitimate causes. The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) are notorious for their red-tagging activities. They think they are above the law and can just play with the lives of individuals," Ramos concluded.