Philippines

PNP assures no abuse of anti-terror law

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday said there would be no abuses on their part in the application of the Anti-Terrorism bill that been signed into law.

According to PNP spokesman BGen. Bernard Banac, the police would uphold all institutional mechanisms to prevent abuses.

“PNP assures that [the anti-terror law] will not be abused, and we shall faithfully uphold all institutional mechanisms that provide safeguards to its implementation,” said Banac in a message.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año backed the statement of the PNP, assuring the public that no abuses would be committed on the side of government forces.

Meanwhile, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said the AFP welcomes the law, as it “capacitates government security forces against terrorist groups that cause ‘inordinate sufferings’ to the Filipino people.”

“We now have a powerful statute that provides law enforcement agencies the legal wherewithal to protect and defend our people,” said Arevalo in a statement.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the bill into law on Friday despite the criticism it has drawn from various sectors.

The newly signed law repeals the “Human Security Act of 2007” and clothed the government with more surveillance powers to go after terrorists through warrantless arrests and a maximum detention of up to 24 days without charges  filed against suspected terrorists.

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