Human rights organizations in the Philippines have expressed their concern about the imminent approval in congress of a new anti-terrorism law, which they consider seeks to persecute government critics and punish both dissent and political activism.

The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) warned that the law is "the last piece of the puzzle" that the Rodrigo Duterte government needs to impose a martial law, which it has threatened on several occasions. EFE-EPA