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PCOO throws support behind new anti-terror law: ‘A more discerning mechanism is in place’

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By Prince Golez

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar has assured unflinching support in the country’s fight against terrorism while adhering to human rights and rule of law.

In a statement, Andanar hailed the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to further affirm the administration’s campaign against terrorism by signing into law Republic Act No. 11479, or the Anti-Terrorism Act last Friday.

“With the law, a more discerning mechanism is in place to prevent and deter the threats and dangers posed by terrorists to the Filipino people,” the chief of the Presidential Communications Operations Office said.

Also, Andanar said the new law will address the existing flaws in the Human Security Act of 2007, which he referred to as “dead letter” and “severely underutilized.”

“As the Philippines is heavily afflicted by terrorism, as reflected in its ranking in the Global Terrorism Index of 2019, the Duterte administration stands with a firm position of undertaking stricter measures against terrorists, including foreign ones, while maintaining the respect for human rights as we have ensured safeguards against abuse,” according to him.

“Let us all work together to defeat terrorism and fulfill the President’s vision of a safe and secure, terrorism-free Philippines,” he concluded.

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