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Kailangang sumabay: Ping explains need to amend Revised Penal Code vs evolving terrorism threat

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The evolving nature of terrorism necessitated the extension of the reglamentary period for suspected terrorists to 14 days, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Monday.

Lacson said this meant amending the Revised Penal Code, which he said dates back to the 1930s and may be useless against terrorism if not updated.

“Ang Revised Penal Code, 1930s pa yan so out of date na. Noong araw kaya 36 hours siguro ang nakalatag sa Revised Penal Code, ang mga tao magkakilala halos sa isang barrio, madali lang, ang pulis di masyadong hirap sa pag-produce ng ebidensya, pag-buildup ng kaso. Nag-evolve na ang ating technology, medyo complicated na, especially itong terrorism, napaka-complex at napaka-complicated nito,” he said in an interview on DZBB radio.

He added terrorists now use cell-type operations, such that law enforcers need more time than 36 hours to build up a case and go after the other cells.

“Cell-type ang operation nila, talagang magkakaiba. Kaya bigyan natin ang ating law enforcement ng kaunting panahon para ma-develop nila ang kaso para more or less lumakas ang kaso, masigurado ang conviction,” he said.

Lacson added representatives of the security sector had requested a reglamentary period of 30 days during hearings on the anti-terror law, but he said this is too long.

Instead, he said they took the cue of Australia’s anti-terror law, which provides for a 14-day period.

Lacson added the 10-day extension in the new anti-terror law is not automatic, and that it will be decided upon by the courts.

“So talagang complicated itong terrorism kaya kailangan bigyan ng sapat na panahon at inuulit ko, di ito labag sa Saligang Batas kasi ang provision na ito nasa RPC na pwedeng amyendahan ng Kongreso at ilang beses naming gawin yan,” he said.

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