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DOJ to start drafting IRR of Anti-Terror Law

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Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Thursday (July 23) that a team will start drafting the implementing rules and regulations of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 2020.

“The DOJ team will meet tomorrow to brainstorm and identify the provisions of the ATA that will need implementing rules and regulations,” he said.

“We will consult with the legal team of the OP (Office of the President), as well as with the secretariat of the ATC (Anti-Terrorism Council), as we go along,” he added.

Guevarra earlier said that the law already took effect last Saturday (July 18), 15 days after being published in the Official Gazette.

“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 previously stated.

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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