Defense Sec. hails Congress for approving new measure vs. terrorism

Defense Sec. hails Congress for approving new measure vs. terrorism

Department of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana is very happy that he lauded the two committees of the House of Representatives for their approval of the measure that will give more teeth for government agencies against terrorism and effectively repealing Human Security Act of 2007.

"The DND welcomes the approval by the House Committees on Public Order and Safety, and National Defense and Security of a proposed bill which will strengthen the government's response against terrorism," Lorenzana said.

The Defense chief notes that with the new measure a stronger law against terrorism is needed as the Human Security Act of 2007 is no longer capable of meeting the evolving terror threats.

Department of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana
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"The Human Security Act of 2007 is no longer responsive to the evolving nature of the threats we face, hence the need for a new law," he said.
Before the weekend, House Committee on Public Order and Safety and Committee on National Defense and Security, chaired by Masbate Rep. Narciso Bravo Jr. and Iloilo Rep. Raul Tupas, respectively, approved the still-unnumbered substitute bill, which seeks to prevent, prohibit, and penalize terrorism.

“We have to approve today a bill that is similar to the Senate bill to avoid the necessity to convene a bicameral conference committee," he said.

The proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 provides that it would provide a strong legal backbone to support the country's criminal justice response to terrorism, provide the law enforcers the much-needed tools to protect the people from the threat of terrorism and, at the same time, safeguard the rights of those accused of the crime.

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