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At a Glance: The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2019 (18th Congress)

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“We need a legal framework for anti-terrorism that is clear, concise, balanced, and rational.” – Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson, in his sponsorship speech on Oct. 2, 2019

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Sponsorship Speech for the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2019 (18th Congress)

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Thank you, Mr. President. Distinguished colleagues, I have the honor to report on the Senate floor Senate Bill No. 1083 entitled โ€œAn Act Amending Certain Provisions of Republic Act No. 9372,โ€ otherwise Known as โ€œAn Act to Secure the State and Protect Our People from Terrorism,โ€ as embodied in Committee Report No. 9 in substitution of Senate Bill Numbers 6, 21, and 30.

The amendment to the Human Security Act of 2007 is among the unfinished business of the 17th Congress. Almost eight months ago, I stood here to sponsor the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2019. Unfortunately, time was not on our side to deliberate on the said measure. Since then, the Filipino people have already been confronted by a number of terrorist attacks. As we speak, terrorist groups are probably planning their next attacks.

Mr. President, we have seen a mutation in the way terrorist groups perpetrate their evil acts since the passage of the Human Security Act. We have seen the phenomenon of terrorism become more complex and malevolent. We have seen how the ISISโ€™ tactics have changed as the terror group continues to lose ground in Iraq and Syria, how their members and sympathizers are taking the fight here in Southeast Asia.

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#PingSays: On Proposals to Restore the Anti-Subversion Law | Aug. 13, 2019

In an interview, Sen. Lacson answered questions on reported proposals to revive the Anti-Subversion Law; as well as on the proposed Anti-Terror Law.

Quotes from the interview…
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At the Hearing of the Senate Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Committee

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At the hearing of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, Sen. Lacson stressed the need for proactive measures to prevent the recruitment of students, especially minors, to the New People’s Army by its legal fronts.

Yung point ko lang, magkaroon tayo ng proactive move para matigilan ang ultimate objective ng nagre-recruit na isali sa NPA. Pag naroon at armado na, nasa point of no return kasi pwede makasagupa ng sundalo at pulis.”

“This is (an) internal security and law enforcement problem. Balik tayo sa battle for hearts and minds.”

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PingBills | Mas Mabangis na Batas vs Terorismo, Puntirya ni Ping

Bilang bahagi ng kanyang krusada para sa kapayapaan at katahimikan ng bansa laban sa karahasan, muling isinulong ni Senador Panfilo Lacson ang panukalang naglalayong pigilin ang nagbabantang pagkalat ng terorismo sa bansa.

Sa Senate Bill 21 na inihain ni Lacson, ninanais nitong amyendahan ang Republic Act 9372 o ang Human Security Act of 2007 upang mas mabigyan ng lakas ang mga mahihinang probisyon na maaring gamitin ng mga teroristang nagbabalak maghasik ng karahasan sa bansa.

โ€œThis bill aims to give the government an effective legal framework that would enable it to have a criminal justice response to terrorism. This measure seeks to provide our law enforcement with enough tools to conduct investigations that would enable to them to prevent terrorist attacks before they happen, or in case they are unable to do so, at least bring the perpetrators to justice,โ€ paliwanag ni Lacson sa kanyang panukala.

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PingBills | Govโ€™t Gets More Teeth vs Terrorism with Lacson Bill

To combat the continued global threat of terrorism, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson has filed a bill that gives the Philippine government more tools to protect the public from this menace.

Senate Bill 21 plugs the loopholes in Republic Act 9372 (the Human Security Act of 2007) so Philippine authorities can prevent terrorist attacks or bring the perpetrators to justice.

โ€œThis bill aims to give the government an effective legal framework that would enable it to have a criminal justice response to terrorism. This measure seeks to provide our law enforcement with enough tools to conduct investigations that would enable to them to prevent terrorist attacks before they happen, or in case they are unable to do so, at least bring the perpetrators to justice,โ€ Lacson said in his bill.

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Speech at the 74th Anniversary of the PNP Crime Laboratory

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In both formal and informal occasions, I often stress that this is the point in my life where I certainly have more yesterdays than tomorrows. I tell you, as I gaze into my โ€˜yesterdays,โ€™ I cannot help but realize how much has really changed in every aspect of our lives.

Let me share with you โ€” in the late 1950s, when I was a young elementary student in a sleepy town of Imus, Cavite, I had a vivid memory of a lone policeman we simply referred to as โ€œKabo.โ€

He was a highly esteemed and respected man assigned to keep peace and order in our almost obscure barangay called Barrio Bayanluma then.

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๐Ÿ“ฐ Threat groups use social media to spread extremism โ€“ Lacson [Manila Times]

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From The Manila Times: โ€œThe first line of defense against violent extremism, I believe, is education; creating awareness and cultivating our young peopleโ€™s critical thinking and resilience will equip them with skills they need to detect and reject violent extremism and make informed decisions and contest extremist ideologies,โ€ (Lacson) said.

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Ping: Tapos na ang Kalituhan ng Publiko sa Ranggo ng Pulis, Militar

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BATAS NA! RA 11200 provides rank classification for the Philippine National Police. Image courtesy PNP Facebook page

Matatapos na ang kalituhang dinaranas ng publiko sa pagtawag sa ranggo ng mga kapulisan at sundalo dahil ganap nang nilagdaan ng Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang batas na nagtatama sa mga ito.

Ang Republic Act 11200 na para sa PNP rank classification ay kabilang sa mga pinakahuling batas na nilagdaan ng Pangulo na una nang itinulak at inisponsor ni Senador at dating PNP Chief Panfilo Lacson sa Senado.

Sa ilalim ng naturang batas, klinaro na ang mga ranggo ng PNP sa mga katugmang katungkulan ng mga ito.

“This measure eliminates confusion on how our law enforcers must be addressed, and brings our policemen closer to the populace. More importantly, this allows for better coordination between the PNP and other law enforcement units in countering terrorism and other threats to national security,” paliwanag ni Lacson.

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Double Benefit: Lacson Bill on PNP Rank Classification Signed into Law

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BATAS NA! RA 11200 provides rank classification for the Philippine National Police. Image courtesy PNP Facebook page

Filipinos stand to benefit twofold from a new law authored by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson that provides for rank classification in the Philippine National Police.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11200, which standardizes the way PNP officers are called, into law last Feb. 8.

“This measure eliminates confusion on how our law enforcers must be addressed, and brings our policemen closer to the populace. More importantly, this allows for better coordination between the PNP and other law enforcement units in countering terrorism and other threats to national security,” said Lacson, who headed the PNP from 1999 to 2001.

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