Police will use the new Anti-Terrorism Act to file cases against the suspects’ coconspirators behind Monday’s twin bombings in Jolo even though the law enforcement rules were not passed, several senators.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson, the measure’s key supporter, said the legislation could already be put into effect. The law is already relevant, so it can already be applied in the recent Jolo bombings to file cases against the coconspirators and other living participants, Lacson said. What the law enforcement officials obviously missed was the ability to stop or deter the bombings, he added.
The enforcing rules could have driven the authorities’ actions in carrying out electronic surveillance and helped them apprehend the conspirators at the planning, preparation, recruiting, or training stages prior to the actual bombing attacks, he said.
They have already made ‘inchoate crimes’ illegal under the latest anti-terror legislation, he said. Officials not to exceed the time of 90 days to prepare the regulations. Even though the regulation is in effect but there are no rules, they’d be having a rough time. How will they bring the law into effect? In a radio interview, he said.
In a Twitter post, he also pointed out that the legislation is in place even without the implementing laws. Sen. Risa Hontiveros also rejected the plan to enforce martial law in the province of Sulu, saying that the military is strong enough and capable of fighting terrorists, as seen in the Army’s case against two alleged suicide bombers. But police killed four Army intelligence officers while chasing down the perpetrators. Second, the government should exhaust the powers that are available to it, she said.
Since 7 July, the nine Jolo police officers involved in killing military intelligence agents have been under restrictive detention at PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City. The National Bureau of Investigation has requested that the Department of Justice file charges against the officers for murder and putting evidence.
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