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Anti-terror law inches closer to implementation

THE Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 is inching closer to full implementation with the registration online of its implementing rules and regulations with the Office of the National Administrative Register (ONAR) of the UP Law Center.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra revealed this over weekend, days after an inter-agency collaboration has wrapped up its work to create the IRR.

The IRR has been registered online with the ONAR last Friday. A copy of the IRR will be posted in the DOJ (Department of Justice) website and published in newspapers of general circulation Saturday,” Guevarra said.

President Rodrigo  Duterte signed a stricter anti-terrorism bill, condemned by critics and rights groups as a weapon to target opponents and stifle free speech.

Duterte has defended the law, saying law-abiding citizens should not fear as it targets terrorists including communist insurgents.

The highly contested provisions of the law are the following; section 4 – definition of Terrorism; section 5 – the threat to commit terrorism; section 6 – planning, training, preparing and facilitating the commission of terrorism; section 9 – inciting to commit terrorism;  section 10 – recruitment to and membership in a terrorist organization; section 11 – foreign terrorist; section 12 – providing material support to terrorists; section 25 – designation of terrorist individual, groups of persons, organizations or associations; section 26 – proscription of terrorist organizations, associations or group of persons; section 27 – preliminary order of proscription and section 29 – detention without judicial warrant of arrest.