Signing of anti-terror bill welcomed

Archie Francisco F. Gamboa

THE Philippine National Police headed by General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday welcomed President Duterte’s signing of  the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 or the new anti-terror law which will bolster the fight against terrorism.

“The PNP welcomes PRRD’s approval of the Anti-Terror Law. The PNP assures that it will not be abused and we shall  faithfully uphold all institutional mechanisms that provide safeguards to its implementation,” said PNP spokesman Brigadier Gen. Bernard M. Banac in a statement.

President Duterte signed the anti-terror law as part of the government’s serious commitment to stamp out terrorism “which has long plagued the country and has caused unimaginable grief and horror to many of our people, said Presidential spokesperson, Secretary Harry Roque.

The law repealed the Human Security Act of 2007 and allows the detention of suspected terrorists for up to 24 days without charges. It  also gives an Anti-Terrorism Council composed of Cabinet members the authority to designate individuals or groups as suspected terrorists and order their surveillance and arrest without warrants.

Sen. Panfilo ‘Ping’ M. Lacson, the principal sponsor of the measure who is a former PNP chief, President Duterte showed “his strong political will” in signing the law.

Lacson said he would “exert extra effort in guarding against possible abuse in its implementation” despite the safeguards the law contains.