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With the newly released implementing rules and regulations for the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, law enforcers should have no room for “misinterpretation” of the measure, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Sunday.

In a tweet, Lacson said the IRRs are “masterfully crafted” and make the provisions of the anti-terror bill clear.

“The IRR of the Anti Terrorism Act is so masterfully crafted that it gives our law enforcement officers no room for misinterpretation in implementing the law. Even this early, having the Executive Secretary, SOJ and SFA in the ATC is serving its purpose,” he said.


Lacson, who headed the Philippine National Police from 1999 to 2001, is the principal sponsor of the measure in the Senate.

Earlier, he said the IRR should also enlighten the law’s so-called “doubting Thomases.”

“As the principal sponsor of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 in the Senate, I hope that the release of the law’s IRR will now enlighten our law enforcement officers as well as Armed Forces of the Philippines personnel, so they will be properly guided in performing their all-important mission of protecting our citizens from the indiscriminate and merciless acts of terrorism that can only be perpetrated by people with the ugliest and most senseless ideologies,” he said.

“Going through the 48-page IRR, I join all peace-loving Filipinos in commending those responsible in the crafting of the IRR for unequivocally putting emphasis on the law’s adherence to the Bill of Rights enshrined in our Constitution. I hope the doubting Thomases will likewise be enlightened as to the legislative intent of this landmark legislation,” he added.

Also, Lacson had promised to be eagle-eyed in making sure the law is implemented properly and not abused.

He said he will “not allow anyone to pervert the legislative intent of the law, thus my commitment to go the extra mile in guarding against possible abuse in its implementation.”

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