Revival of Anti-Subversion Law: Jurassic Yet Perditious

The trial balloon idea to revive again the Anti-Subversion law should be seen as part of the worn out mailed fist approach to dissent and divergence of beliefs. It is an excavation of a jurassic idea which has the effect of curtailing freedom of association and political beliefs which are in fact crucial ingredients for democracy to flourish. 

This draconian measure, together with a menu of other repressive laws and policies, is essentially antidemocratic even if packaged for purportedly salutary ends. Such legislation, long abandoned as being anachronistic, ineffective, and oft-abused as a tool of political persecution and harassment, can be challenged at the appropriate time based on many constitutional grounds.

NUPL President Atty. Edre Olalia / Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

In the meantime, if not nipped in the bud, dissenters, fiscalizers, critics, activists, and the opposition that up until this time are still giving the narrowing democratic space a chance will have to endure this Damocles sword hanging over their heads, preparatory perhaps to a political guillotine to silence them and make everybody unthinking androids all. #

Atty. Edre U. Olalia
NUPL President