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Kulong ang hanap niyan! Ping explains why Anti-Terror Council, law enforcers won’t usurp judiciary in implementing anti-terror measure

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Prison time of at least 10 years, among other penalties, awaits law enforcers and other officials who usurp the judiciary’s powers while implementing the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 once it becomes law.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson stressed this Friday night as he said usurping the judiciary while implementing the anti-terror act would be unconstitutional and criminal.

“They can’t and they won’t, unless they want to go to prison. That would be unconstitutional and criminal,” he said on his Twitter account.

Earlier, Lacson pointed out the bill has enough safeguards against abuse, including a 10-year jail term for law enforcers who fail to report an arrest of a suspected terrorist to the nearest judge and the Commission on Human Rights.

Such law enforcers may also face perpetual disqualification from holding any government post, as well as civil suits from those they wrongfully arrested or detained.

Lacson also corrected misimpressions that a “custodial investigation” is the same as an arrest, saying a police officer who arrests a suspect in the act of committing a crime turns over that suspect to a trained investigator for the custodial investigation.

“They’re different. Not all police officers are trained to investigate. A policeman, after arresting a suspect (while in the act of committing a crime) turns over that suspect to the investigator who will then handle the custodial investigation,” he said.

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