Greg Slaughter made his thoughts known on the Anti-Terror Bill that was approved on third and final reading at the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
The Barangay Ginebra center protested the legislation, writing his opinion on social media prior to the bill passing Congress.
Slaughter has been staying in the United States since taking a sabbatical from the PBA earlier this year.
He has also lent his voice to protest George Floyd’s death and racism in the States.
Lawyers and human rights activists have raised the alarm over the new anti-terrorism bill pushed by President Rodrigo Duterte, warning of draconian and arbitrary provisions that could be abused to target his detractors.
Duterte is trying to expedite the passage of a law that expands the definition of terrorism and bolsters police powers of surveillance, arrest and detention.
Opponents of the bill fear it could be used to suppress free speech and harass those who challenge Duterte, who commands a legislative majority and influence within the judiciary and state institutions.
The bill authorizes the government to wiretap suspects, arrest them without warrants and hold them without charge for 14 days, among others provisions.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque dismissed the criticism and said elements of the bill were patterned on those used in countries that had dealt effectively with extremism.
He said the five-month takeover in 2017 of the southern city of Marawi by militants loyal to Islamic State showed the extent of extremist influence in the country. -- With a report from Reuters
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