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Cordillera sees Anti-Terror Bill boosting PH’s legal backbone

June 13, 2020 - Saturday 1:06 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image Cordillera Regional Peace and Order Council resolution 01-2020

BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera Administrative Region Peace and Order Council (RPOC) on Friday passed a resolution supporting the passage of the Anti-Terrorism Bill 2020, which has already been passed by both houses of Congress.

RPOC resolution 01-2020 passed on June 10 supports the passage of the Anti-terrorism bill of 2020.

"We are in full support to the passage of the law," Cordillera RPOC chairman and Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong said.

Magalong, as well as vice-chairmen Brig. Gen. R'Win Pagkalinawan of the Police Regional Office Cordillera, Maj. Gen. Pablo Lorenzo of the 5th Infantry Division, Marlo Iringan of the Department of the Interior and Local Government-Cordillera, signed the document.

The resolution was ratified by the RPOC which has the provincial governors as members during a virtual meeting on Thursday.

The resolution said the bill has been signed by the leaders of both houses of Congress and has been transmitted to President Rodrigo Duterte for his signature, which will make it a law upon completion of the publication requirement.

The RPOC resolution said countries all over the world have also come up with their own anti-terrorism law as they recognize the threat and havoc terrorism can bring to their land.

In giving support, the RPOC members through the resolution said: "When approved, it will give Philippine authorities a much-needed strong legal backbone to support the criminal justice system in preventing terrorism and preserving those who are involved in terror acts to address the evolving terrorist threats and ever-changing targets of the terrorists in perpetrating insidious acts."

The Anti-Terrorism bill is being pushed to punish not only those who will propose, incite, conspire, participate in the planning, training, preparation, and facilitation of a terrorist act but also those who will provide material support to terrorists and recruit member in a terrorist organization.

The Cordillera leaders believe that the bill ensures the protection of the human rights of Filipinos.

“The Anti-Terrorism Bill of 2020 ensures that the basic human rights and fundamental liberties of the people as enshrined in the Constitution shall at all times be respected and defended,” the resolution read. (PNA)