Posters displayed in Barangay Maa, Davao City tagging nine individuals as terrorist recruiters have caused alarm among several groups.
The secretary general of Karapatan in Southern Mindanao said he was alarmed upon seeing his photo and name on the wanted poster.
Jay Apiag said, “Aside from alarm, I felt fear because we at the human rights organization Karapatan attend court hearings of political prisoners that we assist.”
Apiag said the posters were a huge threat to individuals who express their opinions on national issues, especially with the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 in place.
He added, “Our security is threatened because we can be grabbed and arrested without a warrant of arrest.”
National Union of the Peoples’ Lawyers secretary general Edre Olalia said that though red-tagging is not new, there is now an Anti-Terror Law that could now be used against them.
The Davao police said it was not responsible for the posters.