Sunday Times (Sri Lanka)

Philippine­s defends anti-terror law before US Congress

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MANILA, July 18 (REUTERS) - The Philippine­s' foreign ministry has told the U.S. Congress that political freedoms and human rights will be respected as concerns linger over an anti-terrorism law that takes effect on Saturday.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte early this month signed a stricter anti-terrorism bill, condemned by critics and rights groups as a weapon to target opponents and stifle free speech.

 ??  ?? An armed member of the police special action force speaks to residents as he mans a checkpoint in suburban Manila. (AFP)
An armed member of the police special action force speaks to residents as he mans a checkpoint in suburban Manila. (AFP)

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