Bill exempting journalists from being witnesses in anti-drug operations filed

News Philippines Jan 25, 2019 at 4:10 pm

By Kath M. Cortez

MANILA, Philippines – As the government intensifies its campaign against illegal drugs, Makabayan representatives in Congress filed a bill to support the call to spare journalists from becoming witnesses during anti-drug operations.

Led by Act Teachers Partylist Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro, the group including Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate, Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao, Gabriela Rep. Emmi De Jesus and Kabataan Rep. Sara Jane Elago filed the House Bill 8832 or an Act exempting journalists from acting as Anti-Drug Operations witnesses and amending Republic Act No. 10640 or “An act to further strengthen the Anti- Drug Campaign of the government,” amending for the purpose of Section 21 of the Republic Act No. 9165, otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002”.

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