Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.


Philippines anti-terrorism law: what we know so far


MANILA – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 on Friday (July 3).

The law defines terrorism as intending to cause death or injury, damage government or private property or use weapons of mass destruction to “spread a message of fear” or intimidate the government.

Here’s what we know so far.

24-day detention of suspects

Under the new law, suspected terrorists will be detained by up to 24 days without a warrant of arrest.

12-year jail term for terrorist recruits

Anyone who voluntarily joins a terrorist organization will be jailed for 12 years.

60-day police surveillance

Police or military may conduct a 60-day surveillance of suspected terrorists, which can be extended by 30 days

Law repeals Human Security Act

The new law repeals Republic Act 9362 or the Human Security Act of 2007. CLM/Expat Media

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