An official of the Department of Justice (DoJ) on Thursday assured those who aired their opposition to the Anti-Terror Law of 2020 that the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) has clarified all provisions to make sure there are enough safety nets to protect basic rights of the people.
DoJ Undersecretary Adrian Sugay said the crafting of the IRR was on time and there is no problem with the law because it was clarified.
“Yes, we clarified its meaning, what other laws should be followed. We clarified all of it and it abides by the Constitution,” said Sugay when he was inquired about the provision on the warrantless arrest.
Sugay admitted there were many petitions pending before the Supreme Court opposing the Anti-Terror Law (ATL) but unless the high bench has not junked it, it will be effective.
The DoJ official presumes it valid unless it was junked by the high bench and they are of the belief that if there are supposed flaw it’s not the whole law.
He said it is also possible that the IRR can be submitted by the Solicitor General to the SC to further strengthen its position that the law is not flawed and it is the answer to terrorism.
Lawyers of the DoJ has been tasked by Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to craft the IRR of the Anti-Terror Law which clarified provisions of the law.
This include among others the 60 days surveillance, warrantless arrest and 24-hour detention which was being questioned by some 37 petitioners before the SC.
Sugay said the IRR cleared it up particularly in the rules of procedures and they are focused on explaining to the public about the content of the law to brush their reservation and fear that their civil rights might be violated.
He explained that the IRR has clarified everything including the limitations of the law an what should be avoided by the law enforcement agencies pertaining to the implementation of the said law.
However, while the IRR is being crafted it is also clear that the threat of terrorism needs to be addressed due to its presence just like in other countries.
“We need to do something to address terrorism in our country,” said Sugay.
The Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) earlier approved the IRR draft of the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 2020.
Copies of the IRR will be disseminated to Congress and to law enforcement agencies as required under the law, and will publish the IRR online and in a newspaper of general circulation in the next few days.
The IRR will take effect upon publication and registration with the Office of the National Administrative Register (ONAR).
The IRR, however, does not carry a specific provision pertaining to social media regulation.
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