President Rodrigo Duterte will most likely thrash any bill filed in Congress that will criminalize red-tagging, Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd said on Sunday.
Sotto said this was his belief based on his latest meeting with Duterte that tackled the ending the decades-long communist insurgency in the country.
In a radio interview on Sunday, Sotto said legislators can push for criminalizing red-tagging only after Duterte’s ends his term.
But any bill that will push for the criminalization of red-tagging might not get past the Senate.
“Walang pag-asa. Malabong malabo. Una sa lahat mahihirapan sa amin (ipasa ‘yan.) Mahirap i-define at sasabihin class legislation ‘yan (That has no chance. Firstly, that legislation will have a hard time getting past the Senate. It is also hard to define and that will be described as class legislation),” Sotto said.
He added that Duterte will likely exercise his veto powers on a proposed measure to criminalize red-tagging.
Sotto also said that there are also people who are tagged as “fascists” and a red-tagging law will protect only those who are identified as communists. SOVEREIGNPH