'Terrorists ‘literally having more fun in PH’ - Lucy Torres-Gomez

'Terrorists ‘literally having more fun in PH’ - Lucy Torres-Gomez

The better half of celebrity and current Ormoc city mayor Richard Gomez, Leyte 4th district Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez is also having her share of airtime when she public supported the Anti-Terrorism bill through her post in Facebook.
In her defense of the measure, she said terrorists are “literally having ‘more fun in the Philippines’” for lack of tougher laws against terrorism there is one legislation enacted last 2017 the Human Security Law of 2007 but is deemed archaic.

In her Facebook post she stated that critics should read first the measure before passing judgment “not rely on second-hand opinions of others, who may have been influenced by those who twisted the interpretation of actual sections of the bill to suit their accusations.”
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The lady solon cited the double-bombing of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Jolo in 2019 where 20 innocent parishioners died and 120 others sustained injuries.
She said that the terroristic bombing could have been prevented if the Human Security Act of 2007, which the anti-terror bill seeks to essentially repeal, provided for the arrest of foreign nationals suspected of the conduct of terrorism.

“It would be wise to review the Human Security Act of 2007 to understand its significant shortcomings, such that a new law to repeal it was deemed necessary,” she said.

“The most glaring is that the HSA is not equipped to help us PREVENT a terrorist act from being undertaken,” the lawmaker added.

In 13 years only 1 under the HAS was convicted under the measure, a person involved in the Marawi siege.

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She notes the country’s “inability” to arrest and prosecute suspected terrorists “keeps law enforcement’s hands tied until a terrorist event occurs.”

“It’s like giving the terrorists a free pass, telling them that we are just going to watch their acts of terror unfold first, and then we get our cue to run after them,” Gomez said.

“The terrorists are literally having ‘more fun in the Philippines,’ because our laws allow it so. This makes us a very conducive venue to undertake, plan and prepare for terrorist activities,” she added.

The country has become a “haven” for terrorist groups. 

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