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Senate Bill 2204: Let Us Toughen the Fight Against Terrorism

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“Why condemn if we could act? Let us toughen the fight against terrorism.” – Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson, in his sponsorship speech for Senate Bill 2204 (Anti-Terrorism Act of 2019), Feb. 6, 2019.

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Sponsorship Speech for the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2019

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At the outset, let me state here and now with certainty that a vote for the immediate passage of this measure is a vote for the immediate lifting of Martial Law in Mindanao.

Mr. President, fellow members of this august chamber, I have the honor to report on the Senate floor Senate Bill No. 2204 entitled, β€œAn Act Amending Certain Provisions of Republic Act No. 9372, Otherwise Known As β€œAn Act To Secure the State and Protect our People from Terrorism,” as embodied in Committee Report No. 638 in substitution of Senate Bill Numbers 1134, 1396, 1715 and 1956.

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Ping: Social Media, Online Remittance Inaaral na Isama sa Anti-Terror Law

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Dahil posibleng nagagamit na rin ang mga social media platforms sa paghahasik ng terorismo, pinag-aaralan ng Senado kung mapapabilang na ang mga ito sa mga babantayan ng pamahalaan.

Sa pagdinig ng Senate Committee on Public Order and Illegal Drugs sa panukalang mas pinatapang na Anti-Terror Law, isiniwalat ni Senador Panfilo Lacson, chairman ng naturang komite, na inaaral nila kung tututukan ang “socmed” accounts na ginagamit para palaganapin ang terorismo.

“We must be clear. The state must take immediate action in the exercise of its police powers to address the threat of terrorism,” paliwanag ni Lacson.

Nguni’t tiniyak ng mambabatas na kung matutuloy ito, hindi nito babanggain ang kalayaan ng pamamahayag sa ilalim ng ating Saligang Batas.

“This is in the context of the state dealing with terrorism, and as such it needs immediate action in the exercise of its police powers to abate terrorism,” ani Lacson.

Related:Β Lacson Panel Studies Including Abuse of Social Media, Money Transfer in Anti-Terror Act Coverage
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Lacson Panel Studies Including Abuse of Social Media, Money Transfer in Anti-Terror Act Coverage

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Harsh penalties may await not just those who directly commit terrorist acts, but also those who abuse social media and money transfer services to further terrorist ends.

Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said Tuesday they are studying the inputs on the issues, which were raised at a Senate hearing on anti-terrorism legislation.

“We must be clear. The state must take immediate action in the exercise of its police powers to address the threat of terrorism,” said Lacson, who chairs the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs that headed the hearing.

But he stressed they will make sure such provisions do not violate the Constitutional rights to freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

“This is in the context of the state dealing with terrorism, and as such it needs immediate action in the exercise of its police powers to abate terrorism,” Lacson said.

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Sen. Lacson Chairs the Senate Public Hearing on Anti-Terrorism Bills

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Interview on DWIZ | Oct. 27, 2018

In an interview on DWIZ, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– situation of detained Sen. de Lima
– options for new Customs Commissioner Guerrero
– PNPA sex scandal as a ‘test case’ for the Anti-Hazing Law of 2018
– proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2018
– Sen. Honasan being eyed to head DICT

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National ID System Tops Lacson’s Accomplishment List in 3rd Regular Session

A long hoped-for national ID system that will facilitate the delivery of basic government services while helping fight crime and terrorism.

Such a system, provided for by Republic Act 11055, is the landmark accomplishment of Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson during the first few months of the Senate’s third regular session.

RA 11055, which President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Aug. 6, harmonizes and integrates some 33 government ID cards into a single system.

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Ping, target ngayong 2018 ang mas malakas na Anti-Terror Law

Posibleng maipasa ang mas pinalakas at mas makapangyarihang Anti-Terror Law ng Pilipinas bago matapos ang kasalukuyang taon.

Niraratsada na kasi ng Senate Committee on Public Order and Illegal Drugs sa pamumuno ni Senador Panfilo Lacson ang mga panukalang naglalayong palakasin pa ang mga nilalaman ng kasalukuyang batas laban sa terorismo, ang Human Security Act of 2007.

Sa mga panukalang dinidinig ng komite ni Lacson, mas binibigyan ng karapatan ang mga awtoridad na pag-aralan ang kilos ng mga pinaghihinalaang kalaban ng estado kasabay ng pangangalaga sa mga karapatang pantao ng mga ito.

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No Time to Waste in Passing Stronger, Balanced Anti-Terror Measure

Amid the continuing threat of terrorism, there is no time to waste in passing a stronger, balanced, and useful measure to stop it, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said.

Lacson said he is working to fast-track such a measure, which gives authorities more flexibility while upholding human rights, before Congress goes on Christmas break.

“There is no time to waste. Our present anti-terrorism law, the Human Security Act, is already 11 years old, yet no person or organization has ever been prosecuted under it. From 2007 to 2018, the law’s only ‘accomplishment’ was the proscription of the Abu Sayyaf as a terrorist group,” Lacson said.

“We understand the predicament of law enforcers. All they seek is a little flexibility. But we will also make sure respect for human rights will be primordial,” he added.

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Interview on DZRH | Oct. 3, 2018

In an interview on DZRH, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2018
– safeguards in surveillance of suspected terrorists
– why the current anti-terrorism law is among the weakest in the world

Related: Lacson Bill Gives Government Stronger Teeth vs Terrorism
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