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Army welcomes approval of Anti-Terror Law procedural rules

ILOILO CITY (PIA) -- The commanding general of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division welcomed the Supreme Court's approval and issuance of procedural rules that cover petitions and applications related to the implementation of the Republic Act No. 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

The Army cites that these procedural rules provided in the Administrative Matter No. 22-02-19-SC of the Supreme Court that took effect on Jan. 15 this year, after its publication in two papers of national circulation, will further boost its anti-insurgency campaign.

These rules will apply to petitions and applications related to detentions without judicial warrants of arrest, surveillance orders, freeze orders, restrictions on travel, and other court orders issued to implement the ATA and other associated laws. 

Major Gen. Marion R. Sison, commander of the 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division. (Photo courtesy of the Philippine Army 3ID)

“The Supreme Court’s approval and issuance of the rules on the application and implementation of the provisions of the Anti-Terror Law will strengthen our security operations to prevent acts of terror perpetrated by a group or an individual but more importantly, it will hasten our efforts to end the local communist armed conflict,” Major Gen. Marion R. Sison, commander of the 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division said.

Sison added that the issuance of these rules will greatly hamper, if not diminish, the operations and resource generation activities of the Communist Terrorist 

Group (CTG) and its White Area Operatives or CTG front organizations that freely operate and get support, particularly in urban areas.

The ATA and other related laws such as the Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act or Republic Act No.10168 define and provide punishment for acts of terrorism, such as, but not limited to participation, cooperation, facilitation, and conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism by an individual, group or association, and suspects can be arrested without judicial warrants of arrest.

Relatively, the CPP-NPA was designated as a “terrorist organization” by the Anti-Terrorism Council in September 2022 and the US State Department as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization” in August 2002.

With this ruling, Sison assured the public, especially the people of Western and Central Visayas, that the 3ID will continue to collaborate with the local government units, law enforcement agencies, and other partners and stakeholders in protecting the rights of the people during the implementation of the Anti-Terrorism Act and other related laws.

He also reiterated his call for the remaining armed rebels to lay down their arms, abandon the futile armed struggle, and join the government in pursuing just and lasting peace, unity, and development. (AAL/AGP/PIA6)

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