Aug 5, 2020 @ 15:28

DOJ vows to complete IRR of new anti-terror law in due time

The Department of Justice has vowed to complete within three months the drafting of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

“I believe that we can finish the IRR within the 90-day period provided under the anti-terrorism law,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.

He said the DOJ legal team has started drafting the IRR of Republic Act 11479 which President Rodrigo Duterte signed last July 3.

“We shall consult our law enforcement and military institutions as we go along. We shall also coordinate with intelligence agencies for inputs. Then, we’ll present an initial draft to the anti-terrorism council for consideration,” he said.

A total of 23 petitions have been filed so far questioning the constitutionality of the controversial legislation before the Supreme Court.

Earlier, a Muslim leader and Davao-based journalists have joined the growing number of petitioners in the high court.

Bangsamoro leader Haroun Alrashid A. Lucman Jr., human rights defender Jay Apiag, Davao-based journalists Tyrone Velez and Dodong Solis filed a 41-page petition assailing the legality of the new law.

They asserted that the new anti-terror law would curtail the people’s right to free speech, expression, press, and to peaceably assemble.#

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