Lacson offers to explain Anti-Terror Bill’s constitutionality to confused VP Leni Robredo

Lacson offers to explain Anti-Terror Bill’s constitutionality to confused VP Leni Robredo

First the IBP, retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, and now the Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo.
Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson made an offer to personally explain ot Vice President Leni Robredo the constitutionality of the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, this Lacson would do for her understanding since she finds it unconstitutional.

Lacson is one of the sponsor of the anti-terrorism bill in the Senate, he further explains that he is very much willing to accommodate anyone who Robredo will invite.
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“Madam Vice President, if you will give me the opportunity, I am willing to explain to you and anyone you want to invite to listen why the Anti Terrorism Bill is not violative of the Constitution,” he said in his Twitter account.
The Vice President earlier questions the proposed measure most especially the provisions that allow detention of suspects without arrest warrant for 14 to 24 days.
She said this is “very objectionable” because it is “bound to be abused.”

In a different venue senator Lacson explained that the 14 day detention is a policy decision of Congress and does not contradict the Constitution.
Lacson explains that the allowable detention periods are provided for Article 123 of the Revised Penal Code, a general law which can be amended by Congress.
He cites further the deliberations of the Constitutional Commission in 1986, the ConCom then did not have any intention of restricting the powers of Congress to fix the allowable period of detention arising from an arrest.
Lacson point that the proposed period of detention of up to 14 days and its extension by another 10 days is to be treated as a policy decision of Congress “after considering the unique nature and effects of the crime of terrorism as thoroughly explained during our public hearings and in plenary session.”

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