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DND, AFP thank Senate for strengthening anti-terror law

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By Aaron Recuenco

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana lauded the Senate for its assurance of the passage of their proposed amendments strengthening the Anti-Terrorism Law.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (Office of the Secretary of National Defense / MANILA BULLETIN)

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (Office of the Secretary of National Defense / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a statement released Thursday, Lorenzana said they see no problem in the Senate not approving their proposal in toto, in particular on the maximum number of days that security forces can detain a terror suspect.

“While we are batting for a 30-day period of detention for suspected terrorists to allow government to build its case, the period of 14 days in the Senate’s proposed amendment is far better than the maximum three days under the present Human Security Act,” Lorenzana said.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III earlier assured military and defense officials of the passage of the proposed amendments on the Human Security Act.

“I am grateful to the Senate for heeding our call. We at the DND (Department of National Defense) are happy with the reassuring pronouncement of Senate President Vicente Sotto III that they will pass the bill into a law expanding the definition of terrorism, among other amendments,” Lorenzana said.

“We thank the Senate for taking concrete steps toward amending the Human Security Act to better capacitate and empower government security forces to combat terrorism,”
AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said.

“The Filipino people stand to benefit from the passage of this new law that shall address the myriad, complex, and global threat of terrorism— not only in Mindanao where martial law terminates on 31 Dec. 2019– but the rest of the country,” he added.

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