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Hindi ini-schedule ang pagbobomba! Terrorists’ unpredictability makes Anti-Terror Bill urgent, Ping maintains

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The sheer unpredictability of terrorist attacks is what makes passing the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 an urgent matter, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Monday.

Lacson said terrorists will always aim to make the biggest impact in terms of loss of life and property in their attacks.

“Ang terrorism, wala itong pinipiling time o border. Hindi natin pwede sabihan ang mga terorista, ‘Pakiusap lang po, huwag muna kayo magbomba kasi may COVID.’ Hindi naman tayo papakinggan noon,” he said at the Laging Handa briefing of state-run PTV-4, when asked why the bill should be regarded as urgent.

“Sila, hinahanap nila oportunidad at maximum impact. So pag sinabing urgent, ang ATB is always an urgent measure. Kasi terrorism knows no timing or boundaries or borders,” he added.

Because of this, Lacson stressed the government must always be ready for such attacks by having a potent legal backbone to deal with terrorism.

“So dapat laging handa tayo sa pamamagitan ng isang potent o sabihin na nating may isang strong legal backbone tayo to address terrorism,” he said.

Lacson said the country can no longer wait for more attacks similar to the Jolo Cathedral bombing, the Zamboanga Siege, and the Marawi Siege.

He added the Philippines is already the ninth most negatively impacted country in the Global Terrorism Index for 2019.

Worse, he said a weak terrorism law will ensure the Philippines becomes a safe haven for terrorists.

“Tayo ang nagiging safe haven. Ang ISIS gusto dito mag-estabish ng caliphate at palalawakin nila di lang sa Marawi kundi pati sa iba’t ibang lugar ng Mindanao, and God forbid, huwag naman sana, sa Metro Manila,” he said.

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