Aug 3, 2020 @ 16:55

Guevarra on regulation of social media in IRR of RA 11479: ‘Too early to say’

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday revealed that “it’s too early to say” whether regulation on social media would be included in the implementing rules and regulations of the massively-controversial Republic Act 11479 or Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

But Guevarra confirmed that the Department of Justice has started drafting the new legislation’s IRR, and expressed hope that it would be completed in 90 days.

“The DOJ legal team has started drafting the IRR. 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. I believe that we can finish the IRR within the 90-day period provided under the anti-terrorism law,” Guevarra said.

When asked if the IRR to include regulation against social media usage, Guevarra said:” Too early to say. ”

Newly-appointed Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay wants to include provisions in the IRR regulations on the usage of social media.

Gapay, who formally assumed post on Monday, claimed that social media is being used by terrorists to radicalize the youth and plan their lawless acts.

“We will be providing some inputs on countering violent extremism and likewise maybe even regulating social media. This is the platform now being used by the terrorists to radicalize and even plan terrorist acts,” Gapay said.

“That’s why we need to have specific provisions in the IRR pertaining to regulating the use of social media and, of course, likewise regulating materials in the manufacture of IEDs,” he added.

Aside from that, Gapay also wants a provision in the IRR that would intensify intelligence sharing between the AFP and its foreign counterparts as terrorism is a global dilemma.#

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