AFP wants security act amended to boost counter-terrorism efforts

National News

Published July 14, 2019 11:28am 

The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Sunday pushed for amendments to the Human Security Act to allow law enforcement agencies to be more effective in their counter-terrorism efforts.

“Gusto naming baguhin through an amendment sa Human Security Act ang ilang probisyon dito,” AFP spokesperson Marine Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo said in an interview on Dobol B sa News TV.

The Human Security Act of 2007 aims to protect life, liberty, and property from acts of terrorism—which is inimical and dangerous to national security.

Some of the provisions the law enforcement agency wants changed are those in Section 20.

Under the act, Arevalo said, law enforcement officers should file a case against a suspected terrorist within three days of detention.

“Dahil hindi mo napaamin sa loob ng tatlong  araw, para hindi ka ma-charge ng arbitrary detention, papakawalan mo pero magmumulta ka—P500,000 per day of captivity ng tao,” Arevalo said.

Based on a study, he said, getting information from a detained radicalized extremist is a tough job. “Hindi mo kayang palambutin ng ilang araw,” he said.

Moreover, Arevalo pointed out that law enforcers need more “floating and air assets” under a modernized security program face “dangerous times  ahead.” —Joviland Rita/LBG, GMA News

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