Interior Secretary Eduardo Año believes that Filipinos now have peaceful nights due to the anti-terrorism law, which has since been highly-criticized by the public.
At a pre-SONA forum, Año, former chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said the law could bring a more secure community especially for Filipino children.
"Ngayong batas na ang anti-terrorism law, mas magiging mahimbing ang mga gabi dahil alam nating ligtas ang ating mga anak laban sa mga nagbabadyang nakawin ang kanilang kinabukasan," Año said.
"Our children deserve to be raised in safe and secure communities so let us give them an environment where they feel free to dream and aim for a better future," he added.
On July 3, President Rodrigo Duterte inked the measure despite strong apprehensions from the public that the law could be used to go after critics of the administration.
So far, eight groups have challenged the new law, which will take effect on July 18, before the Supreme Court. -NB, GMA News