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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the Anti-Terrorism Law will become implementable starting this midnight (July 18).

“The effectivity clause of the Anti-Terrorism Act states that the Act shall take effect 15 days after its publication in the official gazette or in at least two newspapers of general circulation,” he said on Friday (July 17).

“Considering that the law was published on July 3, it will take effect on July 18, which is the 15th day,” he added.

Guevarra gave this explanation following mistakes as to when the law will start to be implemented.

“We rectify our earlier statement that the law will take effect after the 15th day, or on July 19,” he said.

On the other hand, Guevarra said the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) is set to draft within 90 days the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the law with the consultations from the police and the military.

“The law will take effect even without the IRR, because the promulgation of the IRR is not a condition for the effectivity of the law,” he said.

Guevarra pointed out “some provisions are self-executing, like the organization of the ATC” but there are “provisions where operational details need to be spelled out or standards clearly defined in the IRR for a proper implementation of the law.”

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