Anti-terror bill adheres to Bill of Rights, seeks to protect PH from Abu Sayyaf, ISIS - Lacson

Anti-terror bill adheres to Bill of Rights, seeks to protect PH from Abu Sayyaf, ISIS - Lacson

Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson being a distinguished policeman in his heyday is very much involved and passionate in the passage of the Anti-Terror bill into a law despite some strong reluctance from some groups.
He defended the proposed bill in his Twitter account by saying that the anti-terrorism law seeks to protect Filipinos from terrorists like Abu Sayyaf and the ISIS.

“The Anti-terrorism Act of 2020 aims to secure our country and protect our people from domestic and foreign terrorists like the Abu Sayyaf and the ISIS,” he said.
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Lacson also stressed that civil liberties as enshrined in the 1987 Constitution will be protected in the measure, which gives more teeth to the law against terrorism. 

Some groups are calling for its non-passage for they believe it will lead to numerous human rights violations.
“As author and principal sponsor, I made sure that it adheres to the Bill of Rights as enumerated in the 1987 Constitution,” Sen. Lacson said.
The Senate Bill No. 1083 version seeks to extend the number of days a terror suspect can be detained without a warrant of arrest to 14 days, extendable by 10 days. Authorities may also conduct 60-day surveillance on suspected terrorists, which may be extended for another 30 days.
It also removed the current law’s provision on the payment of P500,000 damages per day of detention of any person acquitted of terrorism charges.

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